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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST1840 Consensus and Contention: Investigations in International History

20 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Dr Lorna Waddington

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24


HIST1817Skills and Concepts in International History

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This innovative research-based module introduces students to specific controversies that have arisen in twentieth century international history. Areas of study might include aspects of American foreign policy during the Cold War, the role and nature of United Nations' peacekeeping operations, the conspiracy theories that surround the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and international reactions to the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.Content note: to discuss these themes effectively it is necessary for us to read/look at/discuss material which covers some topics which may be challenging for you. These topics include: genocide, gender violence, racist language, murder, mass violence, and torture. The module tutor can provide more information on this if required.


Students will have an improved historical analytical capability; increased proficiency in individual and group learning, group interaction, selection and operationalisation of communication methods.

Learning outcomes
Students will develop and practice the skills introduced in HIST1817:
- to introduce students to the practice of research at undergraduate level;
- to prepare students for the Long Essay at level 2 and the Dissertation at level 3;
- to develop and enhance transferable skills; to improve the employability of our undergraduates.

Students will also gain detailed knowledge of a selected historical event/events and of the historiographical debates surrounding it/them; of the nature, practical problems and issues inherent in historical research; and of the different methods by which that research may be disseminated.


(1) Identification, discussion and analysis of an historical/historiographical controversy/controversies
(2) Selection of a research task
(3) Individual research tasks
(4) Group research projects.

After the first stage of the module , tutors will provide a menu of possible individual tasks, so divided as to empower students to work first individually on components of a larger problem and then collectively on the larger issue.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Mini Conference17.007.00
Private study hours182.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be monitored throughout the course on their contributions in class as well as the non assessed work they will need to do in preparation for tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentStudent choice between 1 x 1,500 word political briefing paper (an analysis of key events), OR 7-10 minutes audio or video podcast + 500 word script, OR design an online exhibition or gallery exploring the topic (this must include at least 5 'objects' and text content of a least 750 words). This is due by 12 noon on Monday of teaching week 860.00
PresentationGroup Project Contribution, delivered at mini conference in week 12, plus supporting written materials40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Group projects will have equivalent 'written exercise' resits

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:41:09


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