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2007/08 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2520 Sources and Approaches to British History

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Professor JA Chartres

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2007/08

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- display enhanced confidence in the handling of a range of basic source materials available for the study of British History;
- have experience of the technical and analytical problems involved in a broad range of fundamental sources for the study of Britain;
- and learned additional generic research skills of a kind that may prove applicable to the final-year dissertation exercise.

Students will have been sensitised to the significance of provenance in the understanding of sources, and through assessed weekly exercises, have gained proficiency in the handling of selected qualitative and quantitative source materials.

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


This module delivers a number of on-line learning units on a broad range of grouped or individual sources fundamental as background to the study of British History, from which students will be required to complete a minimum of six online exercises. Students will explore up to eleven sources or themed groups of sources, and complete practical exercises to learn more of their potential and problems, discussing, practising and exploring these further in weekly seminars.

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
On-line Learning112.0022.00
Private study hours161.50
Total Contact hours38.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Researching, preparing research projects and on-line exercises; undertaking set reading; and reading around the topic. 161.5 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Direct feedback on each of the six minor exercises; face-to-face feedback in practically-oriented classes;
Checking of reading activity for each unit by tutor using Nathan Bodington Building facilities.

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical6 x minor research practical exercises20.00
Project2 x minor research projects80.00
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: 16/01/2008


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