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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2510 Introduction to Historiography

20 creditsClass Size: 41

Module manager: Prof J A Chartres
Email: j.a.chartres@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should have:
- acquired a broad understanding of the objectives and methods of historical analysis;
- acquired an awareness of the approaches, strengths and weaknesses of a range of major historical writers and 'schools' of historical analysis; and
- developed their capacity to think critically about the nature of their discipline, the purposes and objectives of historical study, and the kinds of question historical enquiry is particularly capable of answering.

Skills outcomes
Enhances 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.
Plus:
Enhanced ability at applying methods theoretical models appropriate to the discipline.
Enhanced ability to engage in critical discussion in an on-line environment.


Syllabus

Introduction to the debate 'what is history', centred on the work of Carr, Elton, Marwick, and Evans; followed by case-study analysis of a range of historians and schools of history, drawn from among the following, the ancient world (Herodotus) to the postmodern, the counterfactual and cliometric and the local and regional; oral, new cultural and gender history; the Marxist approach; the Annales school; medieval chroniclers; Guicciardini; Gibbon and Macaulay and the romance; Burkhardt and von Ranke.

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
Computer Class112.0022.00
Seminar111.5016.50
Private study hours161.50
Total Contact hours38.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

161.5 hours - researching, preparing and writing assignments; on-line exercises; undertaking set reading; and reading around the topic

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- weekly seminar with assessment of oral performance;
- monitored weekly participation in NBB discussion group;
- an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks;
- two assessed essays.

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
Essay2,000 word essay to be submitted by Friday of week 740.00
Essay2,000 word essay to be submitted by Friday of week 1140.00
AssignmentVLE exercise20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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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