Programme Specifications

History


1 : Awarding Institution / Body
Aberystwyth University

2a : Teaching Institution / University
Aberystwyth University

2b : Work-based learning (where appropriate)


Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

The Department of History and Welsh History encourages students to participate in the Year in Employment Scheme and alerts students to a wide range of a range of internship opportunities, including at institutions such as the National Library of Wales, the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Ceredigion Museum, Ceredigion Archives, and the Society of Antiquarians of London.



3a : Programme accredited by
Aberystwyth University

3b : Programme approved by
Aberystwyth University

4 : Final Award
Bachelor of Arts

5 : Programme title
History

6 : UCAS code
V100

7 : QAA Subject Benchmark


Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

The relevant QAA benchmark statement for History can be found here: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance/publication?PubID=2874#.WfcJxGDctMs

The relevant QAA 'Framework for Higher Education Qualifications' can be found here: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/qualifications-frameworks.pdf



8 : Date of publication


Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

November 2017



9 : Educational aims of the programme


Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

The Programme aims to develop learners’ interest in History, and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subject.  It offers learners a wide range of choice with regard to historical periods and themes from prehistory to the present, which include opportunities to study aspects of political, social, cultural or economic history.  Core modules focus on the acquisition of fundamental historical research skills and an understanding of historiographical issues.  In this way, the Programme aims to produce graduates who possess high level research and interpretative skills, and who have acquired a lifelong appreciation of History’s value to society.

 



10 : Intended learning outcomes


Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other  attributes in the following areas:

 



10.1 : Knowledge and understanding


Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

Knowledge and understanding

A1 

Knowledge and understanding of human societies in the past through the study of a range of historical periods and themes in more than one country, and in different cultural contexts

A2

The ability to frame historical questions, and to search for and locate appropriate secondary and primary evidence in diverse forms, including the electronic.

A3 

The ability to read and use, critically and empathetically, a range of secondary texts and primary sources

A4  

The appreciation of the complexity and diversity of situations, events and ways of thinking in the past. 

A5  

The understanding of the difficulties inherent in historical interpretation, and the means whereby historians deal with ambiguity, incomplete evidence and differences of viewpoints

A6  

The appreciation of the basic critical skills of the historian in establishing and using rules of evidence and testing the validity of statements by developing a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to produce and interpret historical knowledge

A7  

Intellectual independence in the setting and solving of problems, the acquisition of bibliographical skills, the ability to gather, sift, select, organise and synthesise historical evidence, and the ability to formulate appropriate questions and to provide answers to them using valid and relevant evidence and argument.

A8  

Reflexive and critical awareness of the forces of historical change and the ways in which they are explained in historiographical debates

A9  

The marshalling of lucid and coherent arguments in written and oral forms.

A10

The ability to listen and to respond to the arguments of others.

A11 

The understanding of the social value of History, and the fostering of a life-long enjoyment of History as a subject.

 

Learning/teaching methods and strategies:

Acquisition of 1 is through lectures, seminars (which include formal presentations, directed and student-led discussions), assessed coursework and individual essay tutorials. Additional support is provided by the resources of the University Library and the National Library of Wales. Acquisition of 2-11 is through a combination of Option and Survey modules with a range of skills and historiographical modules in Year 2 and Special Subject and Dissertation modules in Year 3. Throughout, learners are required to consolidate and broaden their knowledge by means of independent reading.

Assessment:

Assessment is by coursework (1, 3, 4-9), for which learners are offered regular feed-back, and by a combination of closed unseen examinations (1, 4-10), take-away examination (8) and where appropriate, projects (6), dissertation (1-9) and oral performance in seminars (9).



10.2 : Skills and other attributes


Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

Intellectual (thinking) skills – able to:

 

B1   

engage with the complexity and diversity of the subject

B2  

reason critically 

B3   

apply historical methods and concepts

B4   

demonstrate independence of mind

B5   

communicate knowledge and ideas to others, in written and spoken forms

 

Learning/teaching methods and strategies

Intellectual skills are developed throughout the Programme in a variety of ways. These include the development of listening skills in lectures and comprehension skills in reading and note-taking (1), seminars, tutorials, dissertations and coursework (1-5)

Assessment

All forms of assessment measure learners’ abilities in each of the 5 intellectual skills by means of written responses in a variety of formats. Oral presentation is formally assessed on some skills and special subject modules, and developed but not formally assessed in all other modules.

           

C. Practical skills – able to

 

C1   

search out, sift, assimilate and deploy bodies of historical evidence from a variety of sources

C2   

demonstrate self-discipline in time-management and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively

C3   

read secondary sources critically

C4   

analyse primary sources in complex ways, including an ability to establish their provenance, analyse their content and language, and cross-reference them with other primary and secondary sources

   
Learning/teaching methods and strategies All learners are introduced to these practical skills in the Year 1 core modules, and each is further developed in Years 2 and 3 in all modules. Module handbooks and Year Guides provide further guidance, especially in relation to essay writing and preparation. Skills modules in Year 2 introduce students to a set of particular historical skills, such as oral testimony, IT, statistical analysis, and the use of a wide range of evidence from field monuments to journalism. A separate Dissertation Handbook is distributed to all Year 3 students, while the Dissertation Module provides detailed advice on how to select a topic, search for sources, and structure and present the completed dissertation.   Assessment Skills 1-3 are assessed primarily by means of coursework and  examinations, whereas 4, though  an important element in the assessment of all modules, is assessed principally by means of essays, projects and seen and unseen examinations in the Skills, Special Subject and Dissertation modules.


10.3 : Transferable/Key skills


Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

Transferable skills – able to:

 

D1  

demonstrate initiative, self-direction and self-motivation

D2  

demonstrate flexibility and independence of mind

D3  

demonstrate effective presentation and communication skills, orally and in writing

D4  

manage time and work to deadlines

D5  

search for and locate information in a wide variety of sources

D6  

contextualise, evaluate and cross-reference diverse forms of (often incomplete) information

D7  

work constructively in groups, and to assess the value and relevance of the ideas and arguments of others.

 

Learning/teaching methods and strategies

The Programme develops these qualities cumulatively, and in a number of ways. 1 and 2 are learned principally in essay and seminar preparation and individual essay tutorial and seminar discussion, while 3 and 4 are learned in essay/project writing, tutorial and seminar presentation. 5 is developed in all research-based exercises, from essay and seminar preparation to the Dissertation. 6-7 feature strongly in all aspects of the Programme.

Assessment The Programme’s marking criteria reward quality demonstrated in 1-3 and 5 and 6. 4 is not formally assessed, but penalties are imposed on coursework delivered after the agreed submission date. 7 is not formally assessed.


11 : Program Structures and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards



BA History [V100]

Academic Year: 2021/2022Single Honours scheme - available from 2000/2001

Duration (studying Full-Time): 3 years

Part 1 Rules

Year 1 Core (40 Credits)

Compulsory module(s).

Semester 1
HY12120

Introduction to History

Semester 2
HY10420

'Hands on' History: Sources and their Historians

Year 1 Options

Choose 80 credits of modules (of which at least 40 must be taken in the History & Welsh History department):

Semester 1
HC11120

Concwest, Uno a Hunaniaeth yng Nghymru 1250-1800

HY11420

Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Europe, 1000-1800

HY11820

The Modern World, 1789 to the present

Semester 2
HA11420

Ewrop a’r Byd, 1000-2000

HC11820

Cymdeithas, Pobl a Gwleidyddiaeth: Cymru, 1800-1999

HY12420

Europe and the World, 1000-2000

WH11720

People, Power and Identity: Wales 1200-1999

Part 2 Rules

Year 2 Core (20 Credits)

Compulsory module(s).

Semester 1
HY20120

Making History

Semester 2

Year 2 Options

Students MUST take one 20 credit SKILLS module in semester two:

Semester 2
CY20720

Beirdd a Noddwyr: Llên a Hanes c.1300-1500

HY23320

Dread and Despair? Living with Disability in the Middle Ages

HY23420

History as myth-Making: the 'Myth of the Blitz'

HY23720

Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda

HY24620

Exploring Nineteenth-Century Exhibitions

HY25020

American History skills module

Year 2 Options

Students should choose 80 credits worth of OPTION modules in the Department of History & Welsh History (though students may opt to take up to 20 credits outside the department if they wish):

Semester 1
HA26820

Rhyfel Cartref America

HA29320

Diwylliant, Cymdeithas a’r Fictoriaid

HY20420

Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300

HY22020

The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century

HY28320

African-American History, 1808 to the Present

HY29220

From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948

HY29420

The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945

WH20120

Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417

Semester 2
HA24520

Stori America, 1607-1867, ar Ffilm a Theledu

HC23520

Cymru a'r Tuduriaid

HY26320

The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800

HY26520

The European Reformation

HY26920

An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914

HY28520

Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800

HY29320

Culture, Society and the Victorians

WH23520

Wales under the Tudors

Final Year Core (40 Credits)

Compulsory module(s).

Semester 1
HY30300

Dissertation

Semester 2
HY30340

Dissertation

Final Year Options

Students MUST take two co-requisite 20-credit SPECIAL SUBJECT modules (the first part running in semester one and the complementary module in semester two):

Semester 1
HP34520

Milwyr, Myfyrwyr a Masnachwyr: Teithio a Symudedd yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (Rhan 1)

HQ33520

The Norwegian civil wars: 1174-1263 Part 1

HQ35420

The Irish in Britain, c.1815-70 (Part 1): Migration and Settlement

HQ37520

Britain at War 1939-45 (Part 1)

HQ38320

The Third Reich (Part 1): The Holocaust, the Eastern Front and the Nazi Occupation of Eastern Europe

Semester 2
HP34620

Milwyr, Myfyrwyr a Masnachwyr: Teithio a Symudedd yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (Rhan 2)

HQ33620

The Norwegian civil wars: 1174-1263 Part 2

HQ35520

The Irish in Britain, c. 1850-1922 (Part 2): Community and Conflict

HQ37620

Britain at War 1939-45 (Part 2)

HQ38420

The Third Reich (Part 2): The German Home Front, 1939-1945

Final Year Options

Students should take 40 credits of OPTION modules (taking one 20-credit option module in each semester):

Semester 1
HA36820

Rhyfel Cartref America

HY30120

The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century

HY30420

Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300

HY38820

African-American History, 1808 to the Present

HY39220

From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948

HY39420

The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945

WH30120

Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417

Semester 2
HA34520

Stori America, 1607-1867, ar Ffilm a Theledu

HC33520

Cymru a'r Tuduriaid

HY36320

The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800

HY36520

The European Reformation

HY36920

An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914

HY38520

Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800

HY39320

Culture, Society and the Victorians

WH33520

Wales under the Tudors


12 : Support for students and their learning
Every student is allocated a Personal Tutor. Personal Tutors have an important role within the overall framework for supporting students and their personal development at the University. The role is crucial in helping students to identify where they might find support, how and where to seek advice and how to approach support to maximise their student experience. Further support for students and their learning is provided by Information Services and Student Support and Careers Services.

13 : Entry Requirements
Details of entry requirements for the scheme can be found at http://courses.aber.ac.uk

14 : Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of teaching and learning
All taught study schemes are subject to annual monitoring and periodic review, which provide the University with assurance that schemes are meeting their aims, and also identify areas of good practice and disseminate this information in order to enhance the provision.

15 : Regulation of Assessment
Academic Regulations are published as Appendix 2 of the Academic Quality Handbook: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/aqro/handbook/app-2/.

15.1 : External Examiners
External Examiners fulfill an essential part of the University’s Quality Assurance. Annual reports by External Examiners are considered by Faculties and Academic Board at university level.

16 : Indicators of quality and standards
The Department Quality Audit questionnaire serves as a checklist about the current requirements of the University’s Academic Quality Handbook. The periodic Department Reviews provide an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of quality assurance processes and for the University to assure itself that management of quality and standards which are the responsibility of the University as a whole are being delivered successfully.