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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST1000 Exploring History

20 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr N. Kıvılcım Yavuz

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

HIST1055 Historiography and Historical Skills

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module equips students with the fundamental skills, techniques, and knowledge to be able to flourish as a student of history. Students will discover the range of ways that the past is examined, analysed, and presented. They will explore different approaches to researching the past as well as historical concepts, themes, and debates. Students will acquire the foundation for their historical studies while engaging with and reflecting on their own development in the practical skills necessary to study history.


This module aims to:
- equip students with the fundamental skills, concepts, practices, and intellectual framework to study history at undergraduate level.
- challenge and broaden student assumptions about how to do history.
- provide an inclusive and supportive induction and transition for new undergraduate students in the School of History.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Orientate themselves in topics that are new to them and locate their studies within broader historical contexts.
2. Recognise different interpretations of the past and appreciate the value and diversity of historical works.
3. Analyse different historical arguments and perspectives, using appropriate and relevant supporting evidence to form opinions, arguments and ideas.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
4. Engage in good academic practice, including essential academic skills such as accurate referencing.
5. Write in a clear, concise, focused and structured manner that is supported by relevant evidence.
6. Reflect on achievements and recognise and express knowledge and understanding and how it relates to personal experience.


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 and methods, topics may include: issues in studying history; varieties of history; how to identify and use resources for historical study; academic integrity and standards; preparation for assessment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will submit a critical (annotated) bibliography related to the academic essay as a formative assignment, on which they will receive written feedback from their seminar tutors. This will provide an opportunity to discuss the direction they are taking for their assessed academic essay in addition to guidance on referencing and presentation.

Students will be participating in a variety of tasks throughout the module seminars where they apply what they have learnt. In addition to receiving feedback from their tutors, these tasks and activities 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 essay at the end of the module, which will be expected to also include a reflection on the feedback they received for their academic essay and how they will apply the feedback they received in future assignments in other modules. Therefore, feedback (written and oral) on summative work also has a key formative function.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500-word academic essay50.00
Essay1,500-word reflective essay50.00
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: 09/04/2024


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