HS3T83-Modern Science and the Imperial World, 1750-2000

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Rohan Deb Roy
Email: r.debroy@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

What were the relationships between British colonialism and modern knowledge? Did British colonial rule in different parts of the world lead to the creation of new kinds of knowledge? Was European knowledge misused for the conquest and exploitation of the colonies? How did the colonised people respond? This module addresses these questions.      


Aims:
Part 3 Options involve the study of specific periods, subjects or types of History.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•identify and explain the main issues and events studied
•acquire a detailed knowledge of the events through extensive reading in specialised literature
•locate and assemble information on the subject by independent research
•appraise critically the primary sources and historical interpretations of the subject
•organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing, both unde r timed conditions and in assessed essays.

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student’s effectiveness in group situations. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources.

Outline content:

This module explores the making of the modern world by tracking the interrelated histories of two major themes - scientific knowledge and empire.  It examines practices and texts associated with exploration, cartography, geology, botany, anthropology, natural history, medicine, environment, and technology drawing materials especially from the British imperial world,  including the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. This module addresses how scientific and medical knowledge were closely connected to themes of colonial history, such as Orientalism, diffusion and exchange of knowledge, travel, extraction, commodification, race and eugenics, gender, and anti-colonial nationalism. In order to appreciate the complexity of these historical processes, we will read primary sources, including official documents and visual evidence, alongside secondary materials.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars for which students must carry out full preparatory reading and research. Seminars rely on structured group discussion and may also include: seminar papers by students; discussion of evidence; team-based exercises and debates; study visit to a relevant location. Students are expected to carry out self-directed revision in the Summer term. Staff will be available for consultation as necessary.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 30
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study: 169
       
Total hours by term 200
       
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One two-hour paper requiring two answers to be taken at the time of the Part 3 examinations

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Students will write one essay of not more than 2,500 words, to be submitted electronically via Blackboard by 12 noon on the Monday of week 9 of the term. Five marks will be deducted if the coursework essay exceeds 2,625 words (i.e. 5% over the word limit).

Formative assessment methods:
1,000 words or 2 pages of A4 maximum to include, at the module convenor’s discretion, an essay plan, bibliography, book review or other preparatory work towards the summative essay.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall

Reassessment arrangements:

Students who fail Part Three are permitted one further attempt at a resit in each module they have failed. Students who fail Part Three will no longer be eligible for an Honours Degree but, assuming the necessary threshold after the resit (normally an overall average of 35% or above) is achieved, students will obtain a Pass Degree. Where a re-sit is permitted, students will be assessed on the failed element(s) ONLY in August. These will be capped at a maximum mark of 40%. Any element(s) already passed will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Failed coursework must be re-submitted by 12 noon, on the third Friday of August.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: Purchase of textbooks is not compulsory, but students should consider setting aside £25 per course to cover the purchase of useful books

2) Specialist equipment or materials: None

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: None

4) Printing and binding: None

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: None

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: None


Last updated: 15 July 2021

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