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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST1000 Exploring History

20 creditsClass Size: 215

Module manager: Kevin Linch

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

HIST1055 Historiography and Historical Skills

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module equips all students with the fundamental skills, techniques, and knowledge to be able to flourish as an undergraduate student of history. You will discover the range of ways that the past is researched, analysed, and presented. You will have the opportunity to explore different approaches to researching the past as well as historical concepts, themes, and debates. This module provides you with the foundation for your historical studies throughout your entire degree. It supports your transition to university-level study through opportunities for you to engage in your own development in the practical skills necessary to study history.


To equip students with the fundamental skills, concepts, and intellectual framework to study history at undergraduate level.

To challenge and broaden student assumptions about how to do history.

To provide an inclusive and supportive induction and transition for new undergraduate students in the School of History.

Learning outcomes
1. Recognise different interpretations of the past and appreciate the value and diversity of historical works
2. Orientate themselves in topics that are new to them, and locate their studies within broader historical contexts
3. Recognise the uses of the past and the challenges of the historical discipline
4. Understand and harness the skills for inclusive historical practice
5. Present a structured and coherent analysis based on appropriate and relevant historical sources in assignments set by tutors
6. Apply fundamental standards and practices of historical study for research, discussion, and assessed work


The module contains interrelated elements that blend the acquisition of historical skills alongside engaging students with the historical expertise of the School. Ranging across historical periods topics may include:
• Issues in studying history
• Varieties of history
• How to use resources for historical study
• Academic standards and preparation for assessment

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Undertaking core reading and other activities in preparation for seminars: 40 hours 
Reviewing and consolidating notes on lectures: 20 hours 
Identifying gaps in their knowledge and self-directed reading to address these: 20 hours 
Researching, preparing, and completing assignments: 75 hours 
Reflecting on feedback and implementing suggestions in future assignments: 5 hours 
Development of and reflection on their historical skills: 20 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be participating in a variety of tasks throughout the module where they apply what they have learnt. These will provide opportunities for students to self-identify feedback and address areas as they develop their skills. The students will consolidate their work in this aspect of the module into a single reflective summary, and tutor’s feedback on this assignment will allow students to further consider their development of critical historical skills for studying history, including historical analysis, communication, presentation, inclusivity, and positionality. This feedback will also be relevant to their essay.
The annotated bibliography provides an opportunity for students to get written feedback on their reading plans and the direction they are taking for their assessed essay. It will also provide an opportunity for guidance on referencing and presentation that will be important for the subsequent essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000-word essay60.00
Reflective logSummary of up to 1,000 words40.00
AssignmentPersonalised reading list 0.00
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: 21/09/2022


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