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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2800 Documents and Debates in International History

20 creditsClass Size: 86

Module manager: Dr Yuexin Rachel Lin

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To introduce undergraduates to the study, use and assessment of primary source material in the discipline of international history; and to the nature, development and significance of historiographical debate through the critical assessment of associated secondary sources.

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.
- Ability to present complex ideas effectively in formal oral presentations.

- Interpretation and analysis of documentary-based material.
- Ability at applying methods/theoretical models appropriate to the discipline.


Sample strands in this module include the Cold War in Southeast Asia, the rise of Communism in East and Southeast Asia, and transnational Jewish history, 1880-1930.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic: 180 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions and oral presentation component.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3x 500 word primary source commentaries due Mondays of weeks 6, 8 and 1040.00
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: 18/09/2023 10:40:55


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