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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST1300 Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary Study

20 creditsClass Size: 350

Module manager: Dr AD Wright
Email: a.d.wright@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

On completion of this module, students will have developed a critical awareness of the value and uses of primary source material through the intensive study of one designated source or field.

Skills outcomes
Teaches Common Skills listed below:

High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.
Skills in interpretation and analysis of documentary-based material.


Syllabus

Students will examine the primary source material through one of the following fields of study:

Herodotus and the Origins of Historical Enquiry;
Gregory of Tours;
The Age of Gregory VII, 1073-85;
The Murder of Charles the Good;
Marco Polo and his Contemporaries;
Francesco Guicciardini and the Fall of the Florentine Republic;
Defoe's Britain: Observing the Emergent Nation;
Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution;
Walter Bagehot: the English Constitution;
Mercier's Paris;
The Long Walk to Freedom: Nelson Mandela and the Liberation of South Africa;
British Imperialism, Race and Colonial Societies: E.M.Forster's A Passage to India (1924) and George Orwell's Burmese Days (1934);
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man;
El Cid: Chivalry, Violence and the Frontiers of Medieval Europe;
Samuel Waters: 'A Policeman's Ireland';
Thomas More's Utopia;
V.I. Lenin 'State & Revolution';
The Indian Mutiny and its Aftermath, 1857-61.
Cecilia Ferrazzi, The Autobiography of an Aspiring Saint
The Road to Wigan Pier
Rosemary Horrox (ed.), The Black Death,

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar111.5016.50
Private study hours183.50
Total Contact hours16.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic. 183.5 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, non-assessed essay, assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be delivered Friday of Week 940.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/05/2009

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