HSMOP1-Option One

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

Module Convenor: Dr Linda Risso

Email: l.risso@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module allows students to focus on a specific historical case study. The choices available for study may vary from year to year.

This module allows students to focus on a specific historical case study. The choices available for study may vary from year to year.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to:

  • Apply relevant general concepts and approaches as appropriate to the chosen topic
  • Critically assess the nature of historical debate and discourse as appropriate to the chosen topic
  • Document and assess the processes of causation, change and continuity as appropriate to the chosen topic
  • Apply relevant skills and capacities

Additional outcomes:
The module will develop oral communication skills through participation in seminars as well as graphical communication skills, depending upon the choice of topic.

Outline content:
The choice of topics available for study will vary form year to year depending on staff availability. The list of modules for the students to choose from is included in the MA (Res) in History handbook. Provided by approval of the MA Director, attendance at the seminar series can be replaced by independent study on a topic of choice. The student will be assigned a supervisor and will work independently on two 2,500 word essays. The topic of the essays for this module must not overlap with the dissertation.
It is also possible to replace either Option One or Option Two by a further element, such as foreign language work or palaeography, according to the specific needs arising from the research project.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Most of the topics are taught through seminars, which involve student preparation, discussion and the presentation of one major paper. Depending upon the choice of topic, the seminars may centre upon the presentation and discussion of various kinds of historical source material, including written texts and paintings. Teaching is through tutorials, normally on a fortnightly basis, but arranged to coordinate with progress in the project. Site visits and practicals will also be arranged as necessary.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 16
Guided independent study 184
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The module will normally be assessed by two essays of 2,500 words (EXCLUDING bibliography and footnotes/endnotes)
-5 points for overlength work (above 5% of word limit)
-10 points for late submission (one week for all students, FT, PT or modular)

Full time students: Monday Week 8 of Autumn Term and Monday Week 1 of Spring Term
Part time or modular students: Monday of Week 10 of Autumn Term and Monday of Week 3 of Spring Term

Where an additional element, such as foreign language work or palaeography, has been subsituted for Option One, this will be examined by a test of similar weight.

Formative assessment methods:
Seminar presentations maybe required as appropriate.

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of one essay of 2,500 words by 1st September.

Last updated: 23 April 2014

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