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: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Kate Williams

Email: k.r.williams@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 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 a 6,000 word essay (excluding endnotes/footnotes and bibliography). The topic of this essay 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 may involve student preparation, discussions and the presentation of written pieces on a weekly basis. 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 weekly basis. 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 be assessed by one essay of 4,000 words (EXCLUDING bibliography and footnotes/endnotes) to be submitted by Monday of Week 1 of the Spring Term (full time students) or by Monday of Week 5 of the Spring Term (part-time or modular students) There is a 5% leeway on the word count before a penalty is applied.

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. If the Option is replaced with an independent research project (see above) the student will produce a 6,000 word essay (excluding bibliography and footnotes/endnotes).

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 4,000 words by 1st September.

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: 21 December 2016

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