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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST1065 Diverse Histories of Britain

20 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Kevin Linch

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module presents an opportunity to explore the history of Britain through a diverse range of historiographical lenses and methodological approaches. It provides an opening into the rich history of the places, people, and cultures that have made up Britain from the medieval era to the modern day. Drawing upon the skills developed in the first semester, students will explore overarching 'national narratives', considering who they include and exclude, and why.


This module aims to:
- introduce students to a range of cross-chronological methodological approaches to histories of diverse groups and individuals.
- ​​introduce students to a range of digital learning resources and transferable digital skills.
- equip students with concepts, theories, and critical vocabulary that will support their analysis and interpretation.
- develop critical and ethical awareness around embodied difference, identity politics, social, political and economic contexts.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Engage with, apply and evaluate selected concepts from historical theory and understand their relevance to primary sources.
2. Gather information from a range of historical sources, analyse and interpret this data to aid understanding of the history of Britain from the medieval period through to the modern day.
3. Apply communication skills to communicate how historical approaches and methodologies can be applied to a cross-chronological range of primary sources.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
4. The ability to build positive working relationships with members of a team to enable successful project collaboration.
5. To question historical norms and practices and reflect on one’s own values, perceptions and actions.
6. Ability to find, evaluate, organise and share information across a variety of formats and media, ensuring the reliability and integrity both of the sources that you use and of the ideas that they help you to generate.


The module will be divided into three cross-chronological sections: focussing on medieval, early modern and modern Britain. Each section will consider a different methodological 'lens' through which to study diversity, such as histories of race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, religion, class, etc.

Students will also participate in one two-hour digital skills workshop, teaching how to explore and analyse primary sources using digital techniques.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Each presentation group will submit a plan in advance of the assessment deadline, on which they will receive written and oral feedback from their seminar tutors.
Seminar discussions continually enable all students to articulate and develop questions, ideas, and arguments, and to benefit from the feedback from other students and the tutor.
Tutors’ weekly office hours provide a further regular opportunity for formative feedback.
Feedback (written and oral) on summative work also has a key formative function.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation15 minute group presentation40.00
Essay1,500-word written assignment to be completed individually.60.00
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: 10/05/2024


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