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MA Race and Resistance

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able, through the study of specialised topic modules, methodological training, and execution of a primary research-based dissertation:

- to demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques and approaches relevant to the study of Race and Resistance and/or to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of the discipline;
- to exhibit mastery in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities, including: critical, empathic and imaginative reading of sources; in the appreciation of the complexity and diversity of past cultures; in marshalling and communicating arguments in both written and oral form; in critical awareness of and ability to apply interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past; in critical awareness of the primary, secondary and bibliographic sources for their own broad sub-disciplinary area of research; in intellectual independence;
- to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of sources, techniques, methodologies and historiographies applicable to their own research;
- to take a proactive and self-reflective role in their research;
- to proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
- to critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the fields of race and resistance.

Transferable (key) skills

Taught Masters students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;
- the knowledge and skills required to plan, execute and communicate advanced research in a professional manner, with particular ability to conduct independent research in their own broad area of historical specialism.
- advanced skills in the locating, processing, analysing and communicating large bodies of material, for a specific purpose, in an orderly, efficient and professional manner.
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critical engagement in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms of history.


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods including essays, bibliographic exercises, a research proposal, a dissertation and a professional-standard conference paper presentation, in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:

- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry in their historical sub-discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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