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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST1055 Historiography and Historical Skills

20 creditsClass Size: 308

Module manager: Prof Julia Barrow

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

HIST1050: Introduction to Historical Skills

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To enable students to acquire and develop the basic skills required for the study of history at undergraduate level and to introduce them to ideas and concepts of historiography.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will have developed:
A detailed understanding of the issues and arguments relating to a key historical event or problem.
A critical understanding of the approaches and methodologies of key historians writing on the subject.
An appreciation of the importance of historiography in the study of history.
An ability to synthesize information and opinion from secondary history texts to construct and present a reasoned argument in written and verbal form.
A firm grasp of the basic historical skills needed to study history at university (referencing, compiling bibliographies, critical reading, presentation, appropriate academic style, plagiarism awareness etc)


Students will read closely key historical writings relating to major historical event or problem in order to investigate the intellectual method and approach of the historian/s. They will explore historians’ use of evidence; the literary construction of history; the purposes and functions of history and the development of historiography. Students will also learn to read critically, use the English language correctly, develop good practice in the compilation of bibliographies and footnotes, develop effective approaches to studying and learning, make oral presentations, and design and write essays.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours181.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Researching, preparing and writing assignments and oral presentations; undertaking set reading; and reading around the topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1 x 2000-word essay
1 x 800-1200-word literature review
1 x 600-word annotated bibliography

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportAnnotated bibliography, due by 12.00 noon on Monday of teaching week 410.00
Literature Review800-1,200 words, due by 12.00 noon on Monday of teaching week 640.00
Essay2,000 words, due by 12.00 noon on Monday of teaching week 1150.00
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: 20/09/2021


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