HS2TIH-Themes and Issues in History

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: HS2HTP Historical Themes in Practice
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Rachel Foxley

Email: r.h.foxley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is compulsory for all single subject History students

This module aims to provide an understanding, through analysis of wide-ranging examples, of historiography and how historical debate has progressed, and historical methodologies.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
Identify and appraise the leading historiography and methodology on particular issues
Recognise and explain the nature of relevant historical debate
Locate and assemble relevant information by independent research
Organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing
Demonstrate command of bibliographic and referencing conventions
Develop analyses of historical source material
Organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing, both in assessed essays and under timed conditions

Additional outcomes:
The module is also intended to develop initiative and analytical skills.

Outline content:
Students will be expected to attend a course of lectures, organised around the topics of historiography and methodology, and given by historians who are active researchers. Armed with this foundation, and supported by relevant bibliographies and a dedicated website with links to selected source material and secondary literature, they will complete a piece of coursework independently. They will be supported in selecting and analysing relevant material, which will include both key debates amongst historians and the evidence drawn upon in those debates.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A course of lectures will be given, (two per week) which will cover the historiography and methodology of selected topics and will introduce students to the origins and development of historical debate and analysis. Guided by the lectures, students will develop and write up an analysis of their own.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 67
Written assignment including essay 33

Other information on summative assessment:
One piece of coursework of 2500 words, excluding references and bibliography, to be submitted both electronically via Blackboard and in hard copy to the History office by the first Thursday of the Spring term, by 12 noon at the latest.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
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 two-question, two-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 of August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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