Module Identifier HY30020  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Phillipp Schofield  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Professor Aled Jones, Dr Bjorn Weiler, Dr Michael Roberts, Dr Martyn Powell, Dr Peter Lambert, Dr Robert Hughes, Dr Richard Coopey, Dr Robert Harrison, S Thompson  
Pre-Requisite 60 credits of HY or HA modules at Level 1  
Mutually Exclusive HY30510  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment Exam   Take away exam   100%  

Learning outcomes

This is a second-year core module, the aim of which is to provide second-year students with an opportunity to study the history of historical writing in the West since the mid-nineteenth century. On completion, students will:
a) be familiar with the key developments in Western historiography
b) have a level of proficiency in distinguishing between historiographical traditions and approaches
c) be able to reflect critically on the work of individual historians and historical ‘schools’
d) be able to explain historiographical developments both in the contexts of intellectual shifts and in those of wider institutional, political, social and cultural change
e) be better able to reflect critically on historical writing encountered elsewhere in their degree scheme
f) be able to reflect critically on key issues of Western historiography in seminars, unassessed essays and a take-away examination.

Brief description

This is the core module for all Single Honours schemes. It is intended to introduce students to the discipline of history and to enhance their self-awareness as historians. It seeks to do so by surveying the writing of history, the use of the past in past societies, and the current state of the discipline.

The module begins by surveying the main 'varieties' of history represented within our syllabus and examining the main intellectual currents within the discipline. It then explores the influence of other disciplines on historians and the present political, social and educational functions of historical writing.