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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to research methods and styles of history-making. Debates within, and challenges to the discipline will be explored. A teacher/student interaction strategy will be employed which intends that students acquire the concepts of the discipline and have the opportunity to make history for themselves. Access to a computer and network will be essential for external students to meet the requirements of the unit.

Unit content

  • What is history?
  • Sources and subjects of history-making
  • Reading/writing history: Interpreting secondary sources
  • Listening to history: Oral sources
  • Visiting history: Archives and museums
  • Place and time: Temporal and spatial coordinates
  • Historians as history-makers
  • History-making making history: Who owns history?
  • Popular history making
  • Why history? Rethinking the past in a changing world

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 apply historical methodologies to an individual research project
2 evaluate different historical interpretations and representations of the past
3 demonstrate commitment to the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of historical practice
4 construct an argument suitable for a historical research project.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply historical methodologies to an individual research project
  2. evaluate different historical interpretations and representations of the past
  3. demonstrate commitment to the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of historical practice
  4. construct an argument suitable for a historical research project.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.