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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : History

Undergraduate Course: Making Histories: Current Theories in Writing History (HIST10032)

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 moves through a selection of readings which bring theory and practice together, introducing a series of current approaches to history writing and writers like de Certeau, Haraway, Chartier, anthropology and feminisms and several others. Students are encouraged to critically engage with these works and give their appraisal of them.
Course description The course will begin by addressing the 'givens' of western historiographical theory and practice and epistemology, moving on to reading relating ethnography, post-colonialism, power and resistance, feminisms, memory and history, Alltagsgeschichte, cultural history and the genre of writing history. Each set of theoretical readings will be combined with applied examples of such work.
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
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment); one two hour examination paper (two thirds of overall assessment).
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
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 text book with the weekly readings being provided online. A useful selection of works that open many of the issues to be addressed is the following:
Frank Ankersmit and Hans Kellner (eds.), A New Philosophy of History (1995)
Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt and Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth about History (1994)
Joyce Appleby et al. (eds.), Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historical
Perspective (1996)
Mary Fulbrook, Historical Theory ((2002)
Anna Green and Kathleen Troup (eds), The Houses of History (1999) Lynn Hunt, The New Cultural History (1989)
Keith Jenkins (ed.), The Postmodern History Reader (1997)
Keith Jenkins, On "What is History?" (1995)
Keith Jenkins, Re-Thinking History (1991)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsMaking Histories
Course organiserDr Tom Webster
Tel: (0131 6)50 3763
Course secretaryMiss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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