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Postgraduate Course: Historiography and Theory of Social and Cultural History (PGHC11207)

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 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides an advanced analysis of the historiography and theory of social and cultural history, and is the core course for the new taught masters programme in 'Social and Cultural History'. The course, which is team-taught, covers key themes in the contemporary scholarly practice of social and cultural history, addressed through a focus on historiographical development, theoretical frameworks for analysis and methodological approaches (where these are distinct to a theme). It will explore such issues as definitions and the explanatory utility of concepts relative to specific case examples. It is designed as an in-depth preparation for other areas of subject-specific teaching in the taught programme and for dissertation research. Teaching is based on set reading and seminar discussion directed by one or more staff.
The course will explore the following key themes:
Gender: Ethnicity: Popular Culture: Oral History and Memory: Class: Religion and Identity: Consumer Behaviour: Civil Society: Demography: Bodies and Medicine
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the historiography and theory of key themes in social and cultural history, along with knowledge of some of the distinct methodological problems of the field. In particular the course seeks:
- to provide an awareness of the diversity of approaches to social and cultural history.
- to provide an introduction to the primary debates and seminal texts that have shaped the field of social and cultural history as that field has evolved through time..
- to encourage an enhanced understanding of the processes of scholarly debate in historical research.
- to provide an opportunity for small group discussion based on key texts and thereby develop the verbal skills of students.
- to develop library and IT skills through the use of books, journal articles and web-resources.
- to provide an opportunity for a sustained piece of critical writing on a theme arising from the course that is also of relevance to the intended dissertation topic.
Assessment Information
One essay of 3000 words.
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KeywordsHist&Theo-H&CHist Historiography Theory Social Cultural History
Course organiserDr Stana Nenadic
Tel: (0131 6)50 3839
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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