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Postgraduate Course: Archives: History, Geography, Politics (PGGE11134)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis research elective will introduce students to the nature, purpose and function of the archive as a "knowledge space" - a site for the safe keeping, curation and production of scholarly and other materials. Using a number of archives within the resources of the University and within institutions in the city of Edinburgh, attention will be paid to the ways in which the archive as a space and archiving as a process determine the nature of knowledge. Rather than focus alone on the content of relevant geographical and other archived material, students will be expected to interrogate and to understand the archives' own conditions of existence, including provenance, cataloguing and accessibility. The course has the firm support of archive and library staff within the Special Collections division of the University Library. (NB: 'Archive' is used here to include printed works and non-textual sources).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree assessment (100%): One 4,000 word essay report due in by Friday, 16 December 2016, 12 noon.

Class assessment: Students presentations
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have knowledge and understanding of the management and content of selected archives as research repositories;
  2. Be able to exercise critical judgement in the management of a research problem, with reference to its intellectual content and with insight into the provenance, and archival management of the sources in question;
  3. Have attained skills in the design, implementation and critical examination of specific research questions;
  4. Understand the contested nature of archives in different historical, geographical and political contexts;
  5. Be able to present, verbally and in writing, a reasoned argument exploring the theory of the archive as a space for the storage, preservation and management of scholarly materials.
Reading List
Cook, T. 1997 What is past is prologue: a history of archival ideas since 1898, and the future paradigm shift, Archivaria 43, 17-63.
Cook, T. 2001 Archival sciences and postmodernism: new formulations for old concepts. Archival Science 1, 3-24.
Cook, T. 2002 Fashionable nonsense or professional rebirth: postmodernism and the practice of archives. Archivaria 51 14-35.
Ketelaar, E. 2001 Tacit narratives: the meaning of archives. Archival Science 1, 131-141
Osborne, T. 1999 The ordinariness of the archive. History of the Human Sciences 12, 51-64

A full list appears in the course handbook
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements The course is also taught as a Year 4 (Senior Honours) Research Elective as part of the MA/BSc Geography Degree Programmes. Whilst most classes and archive visits will be in common, MSc students will have additional tutorials and will be required to present a short summary of their project and its connection to archives to their fellow students. Notably, the assessment details and requirements are different for the Year 4 Research Elective and the MSc students.
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 hour(s) per week for 1 week(s). Weeks 1-3: Lecture
Weeks 4-6: Archive Visits
Weeks 7-10: Tutorial
KeywordsPGGE11134,Archives,politics,memory,archival research,archival management,history,geography
Course organiserProf Charles Withers
Tel: (0131 6)50 2559
Course secretaryMrs Paula Escobar
Tel: (0131 6)50 2543
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