EHMISS-Independent study option - Short

Module Provider: Centre for Economic History
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Antony Moore


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The purpose of this module is to equip students enrolled on the MA by Research in Economic History who have limited training or knowledge in a specific historical period or topic, to acquire the background knowledge necessary to conduct further research on that topic or period. 


This module allows students to focus on aspects of their  chosen historical period or topic through the investigation of a specific case study. The choices available for study may vary from year to year, and according to the student's specific needs. 

Assessable learning outcomes:
•Describe and analyse key issues pertaining to the history of the period examined.
•Apply relevant general concepts and approaches as appropriate to the period.
•To demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the different types of evidence and resources available for the study of the chosen period and topic.
•Critically assess the nature of debates and discourses as appropriate to the chosen period.
•To apply those skills to engage with aspects of a case study.

Additional outcomes:
The module also promotes the development of high-level problem-solving skills applied to diverse, complex and incomplete data. Seminar presentations and written work encourage independent learning and the exercise of initiative.

Outline content:
The module will typically be divided into two components. The first component will be based on lectures and/or discussion of set readings about a period of history. The second component will be in the form of seminars which will explore aspects of a case study in relation to the period studied.

Global context:

There is the opportunity for the student to select a period or topic that has an international or global component.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Each lecture will introduce one aspect of the period under study and set some primary or secondary reading for the student related to their case study. It will be followed by a seminar in which the student will report back on their findings. There will be two tutorials; one to decide on a specific case study for the formative assessment and one to discuss a draft.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4
Seminars 4
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 90
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
The assessment will be based on submission of written essays, the number and length of which will be determined according to the student's needs. The coursework will make up a total of 3,000 words.

Formative assessment methods:
The student will engage in seminar-based reflection on the topics covered in the lectures. They will also discuss their essays with the supervisor in tutorials.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
A further essay to be submitted by 1st September at the discretion of the Programme Director.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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