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

20 creditsClass Size: 280

Module manager: Dr Katherine Rawling

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module


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.


Students will examine primary source material, examples of which include:

- Ramón Sender Barayón, A Death in Zamora
- Gerald of Wales, The Journey through Wales & The Description of Wales
- Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man
- The Diaries of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn
- Jawaharlal Nehru, ‘The Discovery of India’; M.K. Gandhi, ‘Hind Swaraj’
- Emmanuel Jal: Warchild: A Boy Soldier’s Story
- Frances Burney: Journals and Letters (1752-1840)
- George Orwell: The Road to Wigan Pier
- Murder in the Cathedral: The Life and Death of Archbishop Thomas Becket
- Edmund Burke: ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’

Please note that module topics change from year and year.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
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
- 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay due by 12 noon on Monday of teaching week 940.00
Assignment1 x 1,000 word piece of written work0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 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: 17/01/2022


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