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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a core course intended to draw out the theoretical basis upon which different areas of the discpline of history are conducted, to enhance the ways in which subjects are defined and knowledge both pursued and argued. This combines the more philosophcal questions of epistemology and more concrete illustrations to put meat on the bones. Twelve lectures will be complemented with more focussed pathways in which topics will be explored in more detail.
Course description There will be twelve lectures dealing with objectivity, national histories, Marxism, gender, transnational history, memory, cultural history, popular culture, postmodernism and post-colonialism and about seventeen pathways on social history, gender, Marxism, Imperial history, ¿modernisation¿, cultural history, intellectual history, political history, Medievalism, Orientalism and material culture.
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.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
There is no essential textbook and recommended reading will be provided in the coursebook. The following will provide ways into the themes to be covered:
S Berger, H Feldner and K Passmore (eds.), Writing History: Theory and Practice (2003)
John Tosh, The Pursuit of History (2002)
K Jenkins, Re-Thinking History (1991)
A Budd (ed.), The Modern Historiography Reader, Western Sources (2008)
E H Carr, What is History? (1961)
Ludmilla Jordanova, History in Practice (2000)
R J Evans, In Defence of History (2000 ed.)
D Cannadine (ed.), What is History now? (2002)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional 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.
KeywordsHiT historical methodology; core historical themes; objectivity; economics and history; social his
Course organiserDr Tom Webster
Tel: (0131 6)50 3763
Course secretaryMs Rosie Filipiak
Tel: (0131 6)50 3843
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