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Undergraduate Course: Methodology of History 1 (HIST10003)

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) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore ways of conceiving and writing history, primarily in the western Judeo-Christian Classical discourses, examining selected works and engaging with particular texts in their context from Aristotle and Augustine to the present day. The intention is to assist an understanding of the different purposes of writing history, the ways in which it has been conceived and the means of evaluating 'truth' in different philosophical appraisals of the past.
Course description There will be weekly seminars, starting with Augustine and Aristotle, moving through Medieval Chronicles and Annals, Reformation history, Descartes and Montaigne, Giambattista Vico, Rousseau, Hegela and Marx, Macaulay and Carlyle, feminist history and poststructuralism. Reading will be focussed on specific texts provided online with suggested reading to provide the context.
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.
Before enrolling students on this course, PTs are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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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 overall textbook and the weekly readings will be online. However, very broad overviews are available in the following:
Fritz Stern (ed), The Varieties of History (1956)
John Burrow, A History of Histories (2007)
George Iggers and Q. Edward Wang with contributions from Supriya Mukherjee, A Global History of Modern Historiography (1988)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Tom Webster
Tel: (0131 6)50 3763
Course secretaryMrs Diane Knowles
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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