HR211-5-FY: MAKING HISTORIES: CONCEPTS, THEMES AND SOURCES
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
|Module is taught during the following terms
This is a compulsory module for all second-year students taking History degrees. Lectures and seminars are fortnightly throughout the year. BA Humanities students who have taken and passed HR100 or HR111 in their first year may also enrol on this module.
The purpose of this module is to encourage you to think about the many and diverse ways in which historians approach the writing of history. You may at first find the module unusual and challenging, but you will also find that it has knock-on effects. If you work at it seriously, it will illuminate everything you study in History.
Each lecture will be delivered by a different historian. It will introduce you either to an important historical concept that has shaped recent historical writing, such as 'microhistory', 'class', 'gender' and 'race', or to an important historical theme, such as 'consumption', 'literary history' and 'global history'. Each lecture will offer you readings and documents to reflect upon both in seminars and in the journal that you will be required to keep.
The introductory lecture surveys the 'History of history' and the problems of objectivity. The final lecture, 'Making your own history', will help you to relate what you have learned in this module to the choice and preparation of your Independent Research Project. One important aim of this module is to help you sharpen your methods and ideas for your Project.
Learning & Teaching Methods
One hour lecture and one hour seminar fortnightly throughout the year.
100 per cent Coursework Mark
Exam Duration and Period
Compulsory for: All single and joint honours second-year History students.
Available to BA Humanties students who have passed HR100 or HR111 in their first year.