Postgraduate Course: Historiography and Theory of Social and Cultural History (PGHC11207)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One essay of 3000 words.
|No Exam Information
| 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Hist&Theo-H&CHist Historiography Theory Social Cultural History
|Course organiser||Prof Stana Nenadic
Tel: (0131 6)50 3839
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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