HS1LM1-Landmarks in History 1

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: HS1LM2 Landmarks in History 2
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Jeremy Burchardt

Email: j.burchardt@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is compulsory for all SINGLE SUBJECT and JOINT History students.

Aims:
This module aims to introduce students to some of the major themes and concepts in history from the middle ages to the early modern period.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•identify and evaluate the significance of certain key themes in history
•demonstrate a critical familiarity with the concept of periodisation
•locate and synthesise relevant information
•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 the development of oral communication skills
•to develop the effectiveness of students in group situations
•to assist students to think quickly on their feet
•to develop IT skills through the use of relevant resources and interface.

Outline content:


The content of the module is organised chronologically and complements the co-requisite module, Landmarks in History 2, which considers landmarks in modern history. Two ‘landmarks’ in medieval and early modern history will be studied (1066, 1492). These are selected to provide students with an appreciation and critical understanding of important aspects of social, economic, political and cultural change. In each case, students will become familiar with the narrative of the topic, will explore its historiography and will examine notions of cause and effect and periodisation in respect of the topic. Specific comparisons and contrasts will be drawn across topics.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Four 1-hour seminars per term requiring preparatory reading and research; structured group discussion; presentation of seminar papers; team-based activities. There will be an introductory lecture and sixteen core lectures – 2 per week. Feedback on coursework essays will be given at a supervision meeting in the last week of the Autumn term. Students are expected to carry out self-directed revision in the Summer term; each Landmark will have a revision lecture. Staff will be available for consultation as necessary and students are reminded to email their Landmarks seminar tutors for help and assistance whenever needed.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 17 2
Seminars 4
Tutorials 1
Guided independent study 176
       
Total hours by term 198.00 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:
1 essay of c.1500-2000 words, to be submitted on Blackboard and as a Hard Copy to the History Office, by latest 12 noon on the Monday of week 10 of the term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
• 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 marks of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;

• where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

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.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

The Module Convener 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:


    There will be a one-question, one-hour exam paper to be sat in the Summer Term exam period.

    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 in August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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