About First-Year Modules
History courses aim to provide you with a broad knowledge and understanding
of key social, cultural and political aspects of themes in history.
What will I study?
The modules focus on the early modern and modern period, a
span of around 500 years. The key questions that we will seek to answer are:
What exactly was changing in this period –
political systems, social structures, cultural horizons? – and
Which individuals, social groups, or
particular regions benefited most from such changes, and which
were more adversely affected by them?
To what degree did continuity as opposed to
change play an important role in shaping belief systems and
social and political structures?
There are two History core modules. All students are required
to take HR111-4-FY Society, Culture and Politics in Europe, 1500-1750,
and/or HR100-4-FY The Making of the Modern World 1776-1989.
All single honours History students are also required to take HR101-4-AU
History Workshop: Researching and Writing History at Degree Level,
which is also open to joint History students as an optional module. This module
plays an important role in developing your historical skills. You will be given
a series of assessed tasks which will help you to develop your historical
First year students may also like to take HR121-4-AU From Disunity to
Unity: an introduction to the history of Europe in the twentieth century
and/or HR141-4-AU Introducing Latin American history: from 16th-century
conquest to 19th-century modernisation and/or
HR151-4-SP Reform and Revolution in Russia 1861-1953 and/or
HR162-4-SP 'The Great Experiment': United States history from
17th-century settlement to the 1970s and/or
CS101-4-FY The Enlightenment.
What are the aims and objectives of our first-year
The modules aim to familiarise students with important periods of history and
to give them a foundation for the study of modern history modules and other,
more specialised early modern history modules that they might take in subsequent
years of study.
The modules are also designed to train students in the key skills necessary for
university study, with specific emphasis on those skills specific to the
discipline of history. By taking the modules you will be given the opportunity
to develop the following skills:
Many of these skills are also transferable to the world of work. They are
therefore valued by employers and will be of benefit to you when applying for
either temporary or permanent jobs in future.
How will the lectures and seminars be organised?
Full-year (FY) modules run over twenty-one weeks, AU modules run in the
autumn term and SP modules run in the spring term. Revision sessions are held in
the summer term.
Students must attend a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar every week, for
each module (except for HR101 which is a weekly two-hour workshop). Seminar times will be assigned at the beginning of the
Students are required to prepare in advance for seminars by completing a
specified amount of designated reading (usually a minimum of two items). They
are also required to contribute to seminar discussions.
Students are strongly advised to purchase Module Reading Packs,
which contain the designated readings for seminars, for a small fee from the
History Department Office at the beginning of term.
How will I be assessed?
Coursework will comprise 50% of the final overall mark and a written
examination in the Summer Term will comprise the other 50%. The examinations are
three hours long for full-year modules and two hours long for autumn or
spring-term only modules. The only exception to this is HR101 History Workshop
which is assessed by 100% coursework.
Revision seminars are scheduled in the Summer Term to help you prepare for the
Please see the separate
coursework guidelines section for further
Is there any
Peparatory reading lists are
available for each first-year History module and can
be found in the Module