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Undergraduate Course: Representing the past in the twelfth century (HIST10263)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course will look at representations of the past using a variety of different media including visual and written. In particular, use will be made of primary source materials and the relative merits of chronicles, hagiography, and annals by, for example, William of Malmesbury, Orderic Vitalis and Henry of Huntingdon, will be assessed. It will examine contemporary attitudes towards representations of the past and think about the ways in which these are constructed and shaped. Comparisons will also be drawn with modern representations of this period through, for example, film. Key themes that will be considered include succession issues, queenship, the Norman Conquest (1066) and the crusades. This knowledge will then be used alongside recent historiographical approaches including nationalism and national identity, gender and the role of memory. Discussion will focus on the impact of these historiographical approaches in relation to representations and constructions of the past.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the course successfully will be able by the end of the course to demonstrate in written examination and course work as well as in class discussion:

- an understanding of the ways and means in which the past can be constructed and shaped through a variety of different media, with a specific focus on twelfth century Europe;
- an ability to analyse primary texts, evaluating the arguments and locating them historically.
- an awareness of the nature of history as argument through a critical examination of the historiography.

Students will also demonstrate that they can:

- gather material independently on a given topic and organise it coherently in both written and oral form;
- evaluate different approaches to and explanations of materials, make critical choices between them and reach a conclusion in both written and oral form;
- express clearly ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing;
- organise their own learning, manage their workload and other priorities in order to meet established deadlines.
Assessment Information
One 3000 word essay and one two-hour examination. The essay will make up one-third of the final assessment, the exam will be worth two-thirds of the final assessment.
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
One 3000 word essay and one two-hour 'take home'examination. The essay will make up one-third of the final assessment, the exam will be worth two-thirds of the final assessment.
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Course organiserProf Judith Green
Tel: (0131 6)50 3762
Course secretaryMiss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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