Module Identifier HY12120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Martyn J Powell  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Bjorn K U Weiler, Dr Jeffrey L Davies, Miss Karen Stober, Dr Michael F Roberts, Dr Peter A Lambert, Dr Phillipp R Schofield, Dr Robert G Hughes, Dr Richard G Coopey, Professor Roger D Price, Dr Sian H Nicholas  
Course delivery Lecture   5 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours 5 x 2 hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 1 x precis (1,000 words) 30%; 1 x bibliographical exercise (1,500 words) 20%; 1 x short project (2,000 words) 50%100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to

a) undertake simple but essential bibliographical exercises
b) read secondary historical material with a degree of critical awareness
c) recognise the need to adopt best practice in undertaking research
d) engage with historical debate and offer observation on the relative merits of historical positions
e) represent their engagment with the secondary literature in oral (not assessed) and written (assessed) work
f) reflect critically upon their own historical perspective and anticipate the relevance of acquired skills for further study at degree level

Brief description

This course is intended to provide students new to the study of history at degree level with some of the more important yet basic `skills? which they will need during the course of their degree. Through a series of seminars, based around selected key texts, students will be introduced to a range of skills, techniques and practical exercises intended to cover fundamental elements not only of undergraduate study but also of historians? practice. Accompanying lectures will complement this skills-based approach and establish, in a broad framework, issues central to the historical endeavour.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
A. Northedge (1990) The good study guide
M. Abbott (ed.) (1996) History skills: a student?s handbook
R. Barnes (1992) Successful Study for Degrees
M. Stanford (1994) A companion to the study of history
B. Southgate (1996) History, what and why?: ancient, modern, and postmodern perspectives
J Clanchy & B Ballard (eds) (1992) How to write essays: a practical guide for students
M. Reeves (19080) Why History?
J. Appleby, L. Hunt & M Jacobs (eds) (1994) Telling the truth about history
J. Tosh (1991) The pursuit of history 2nd.
G. R. Elton (1969) The practice of history
E.H. Carr What is history?


This module is at CQFW Level 4