HS1II-Ideas and Ideologies

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Mara Oliva

Email: m.oliva@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is optional for SINGLE HISTORY STUDENTS ONLY


Ideas and Ideologies aims to familiarize students with at least two of the major ideas or ideologies that have shaped the modern world. This module allows students to explore such ideas and ideologies in more depth than they can in other parts of the Part One History curriculum. One of the key objectives of the module is to show that ideas do not simply exist in their own right but develop as part of a historical process and are shaped by (as well as shaping) the social, economic, political and cultural contexts in which they originate and grow.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•identify the sources of the idea or ideology in question
•trace its historical development
•be aware of differing historiographical interpretations of the pattern and causes of this development
•understand how ideas and ideologies are shaped by their historical contexts
•organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing, both under timed conditions and in assessed essays
•demonstrate familiarity with bibliographical conventions and mastery of library skills.

Additional outcomes:

The module also aims:
•to encourage students to think independently
•to help students develop good oral and written communication skills
•to develop the effectiveness of students in group situations
•to develop IT skills through the use of relevant resources.

Outline content:
This module gives students an opportunity to study the history of two ideologies of their choice. In the first week of the autumn term, students will be introduced to the historical study of ideologies. What is an ideology, how do ideologies differ from each other and what different approaches have historians developed to studying them? This part of the module will be lecture-based and the aim will be to give students a broad framework for understanding the history of ideologies and a sufficient knowledge of the different ideologies offered for study during the rest of the module to enable students to make an informed choice about which ideologies they wish to study in more depth. Please note that while the Department will make every effort to allow students to study both their first-choice ideologies, this may not always be possible. All students, however, will be able to study at least one of their first-choice ideologies.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching is by one one-hour lecture, nine two-hour seminars in the autumn term, and by weekly two-hour seminars in the spring term. Students are reminded to email their tutors for help and advice whenever needed and to note office hours.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 1
Seminars 18 20
Tutorials 10 10 2
Guided independent study 70 69
Total hours by term 99.00 99.00 2.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:
Written exam50%: one 2-hour unseen paper requiring 2 answers

Written assignment, including essay 50%: 2 essays (1 each term) of c.1500-2000 words, to be submitted to Blackboard via Turnitin, by latest 12 noon on the Monday of 11th week of each term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    one 2-hour unseen paper requiring 2 answers

    Requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Where a re-sit is permitted, students will be assessed on the failed element(s) only in August. Any element(s) already passed will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more.

    Any element which is re-sat in August is capped at 40%. Failed coursework must be re-submitted by 12 noon, on the last Friday of August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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