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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (School of History and Classics)

Postgraduate Course: Writing History: Theory and Practice (PGHC11336)

Course Outline
School School of History, Classics and Archaeology College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Postgraduate (School of History and Classics) Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course aims to encourage students to reflect on the process of writing professional history at an advanced level. It also seeks to explore the complexities of historical writing from the most basic level$ūoutlining research findings$ūto more sophisticated and complicated issues such as placing individual PhD topics within broader debates in historiography. Particular emphasis will be placed on constructing and sustained a scholarly historical argument in a PhD dissertation.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the course will have acquired an advanced knowledge and understanding of key aspects of professional historical writing. In particular, they will:

&· be able to identify the key ingredients of high quality historical writing;
&· develop an appreciation of the relationship between broader historiographical trends and specialist PhD research projects;
&· understand the components of effective historical writing such as style, method of argument and use of evidence;
&· prepare and present their own work in seminars and panel discussions;
&· actively participate in group discussion;
&· and be able to make efficient use of library and IT resources.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course will have acquired an advanced knowledge and understanding of key aspects of professional historical writing. In particular, they will:

&· be able to identify the key ingredients of high quality historical writing;
&· develop an appreciation of the relationship between broader historiographical trends and specialist PhD research projects;
&· understand the components of effective historical writing such as style, method of argument and use of evidence;
&· prepare and present their own work in seminars and panel discussions;
&· actively participate in group discussion;
&· and be able to make efficient use of library and IT resources.
Assessment Information
Assessed by one 3,000-4,000 word essay (see below) marked by both supervisors which forms part of the portfolio of materials for consideration by the first-year review panel.

Feedback and evaluation
Formal student questionnaires will be distributed and collected at the end of the semester. Course monitoring will take place according to School practice, while students will also have the opportunity to offer comments more informally.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Contacts
Course organiser Dr Adam Budd
Tel: (0131 6)51 3761
Email: adam.budd@ed.ac.uk
Course secretary Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
Email: Lindsay.Scott@ed.ac.uk
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