Module Identifier HY33420  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Sian Nicholas  
Semester Intended For Use In Future Years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Mutually Exclusive HY33320 Single or Joint Honours History students only, HY33520 , HY33620 , HY33720 , HY33820  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
Assessment Essay   2 x 1,500 word essays   40%  
  Assignment   1 x 5,000 word project   60%  

Brief description
This module provides a close critical study of recent literature on Britain during the Second World War and of the source material on which that work has been based, focusing in particular on the 'mythologising' function of historical writing, and using the example of the so-called 'myth of the Blitz', to consider the nature of 'historical myths', their origins, and the historian's responsibilities when confronting them.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will have command over a body of historical knowledge in the field of British history of the second world war. They will have an understanding of a variety of contested interpretations of this period of British history. They will have an ability to closely read and analyse selected historical texts and to gather, sift and critically assess both primary and secondary source material, in order to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them. They will have an ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions.