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

Undergraduate Course: History in Practice (CHCA10001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryHistory in Practice aims to introduce students to the practical components and skills of researching and writing history, encouraging critical reflection on the disciplinary area.
Course description This 20-credit course provides students with an introduction to the practical components and skills of researching and writing history, encouraging critical reflection on the disciplinary area. It deals specifically with the location of sources how to frame historical questions, methods of analysis, and project design. It will enable reflection on the wider arena in which history is researched and produced, within the media, cultural industries, family or community history, as well as within academic study. It is designed to prepare students for the writing of a history dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 189 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Please note:
Assessed by coursework only. The course is not examined.

1000 word Project Proposal - 10% of overall mark
5000 word final Project - 90% of overall mark
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the tutor/Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by means of coursework, skills in locating a range of sources in libraries, online and in archives.
  2. demonstrate, by means of coursework, understanding of the role of research questions and hypotheses.
  3. demonstrate, by means of coursework, knowledge of at least two methods of historical analysis.
  4. demonstrate, by means of coursework, awareness of the roles of concepts, theories and grand narratives in research design..
  5. demonstrate, by means of coursework, practical experience of planning and completing a research project as a stepping-stone to the Dissertation.
Reading List
Adelson, Roger (ed.), Speaking of History: Conversations with Historians (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1997)
Appleby, Joyce, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth About History (New York: W. W. Norton, 1994)
Burke, Peter, Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images As Historical Evidence (London: Reaktion, 2001)
Dobson, M. and B. Ziemann (eds.), Reading Primary Sources (London: Routledge, 2008)
Jordanova, Ludmilla, History in Practice (2nd edn., London: Hodder Arnold, 2008)
Mann, Thomas, The Oxford Guide to Library Research (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005)
Marwick, Arthur, The Nature of History (3rd edn., Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1970)
Partner, Nancy, Writing Medieval History (London, 2005)
Tosh, John, The Pursuit of History (5th edn., London: Longman, 2010)
Walker, Garthine (ed.), Writing Early Modern History (London, 2005)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Christopher Harding
Tel: (0131 6)50 9960
Course secretaryMr Mark Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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