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

Undergraduate Course: History in Theory (CHCA10003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCommon Course (History, Classics and Archaeology) Other subject areaAncient History
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis is a core course for all students specialising in the histories in the first semester of the third year. Its purpose is to complement the existing options with an overarching theoretical component, introducing them to a range of historical methodologies and themes, and enabling students to reflect conceptually on their more applied historical pursuits. The course will be taught, firstly, in a series of twelve lectures, delivered twice a week, throughout the first half of the semester. This will provide students with an overview of central issues and disciplinary approaches in history, such as the notion of objectivity, the role of economics, gender, and post-modernism. In addition to the lectures students will choose a pathway, which will consist of three seminars taught in weeks 7 to 9 of the semester.
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.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information The course will be taught by means of a) 12 lectures, delivered twice a week in the first half of the semester, and b) one pathway, selected from a range of options, relating to the lectures and consisting of 3 two-hour seminars in weeks 7 to 9.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course students will be able to:
- show an understanding of the variety and range of historical subdisciplines.
- display a familiarity with central theoretical approaches and issues in current historiography.
- show a general awareness of the roles of concepts, theories and grand narratives in historical literature.
- demonstrate an ability to understand more deeply the central debates and questions of one particular methodology/theme
Assessment Information
One 3000 word essay worth one third of overall assessment and one two-hour examination worth two thirds of overall assessment.
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Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsHiT historical methodology; core historical themes; objectivity; economics and history; social his
Course organiserProf Donald Bloxham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3757
Course secretaryMs Sophie Lockwood
Tel: (0131 6)50 3767
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