Postgraduate Course: Historical Methodology (PGHC11335)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This second-semester course follows on from the first-term Skills and Sources course, by providing first-year graduate students with the methodological training they require to orientate their research strategies in an increasingly interdisciplinary field. Through a series of core lectures, and a wide-ranging series of pathways with members of academic staff, students will develop a meaningful familiarity with the interpretive strategies and secondary materials that define major approaches in current historical scholarship. Weekly study groups will discuss the assigned readings in advance of each lecture, addressing questions set by the course organiser.
This course will comprise three elements:-
1. Core lectures attended by the whole MSc History cohort, weeks 1-2, and 9-11
2. Two pathways in the methodologies chosen by the student, running weeks 3-5 and 6-8.
3. Submission of a final research paper (4-5000 words) for numerical assessment.
Pathways offered might include social, intellectual, religious and cultural histories, Atlantic, and transnational history, military cultural history, approaches to popular culture, writing contemporary history, and the 'Psy' disciplines.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||4-5000-word essay relating to one of the pathways chosen.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate in a written piece of coursework, a detailed and critical command of the methodology, the primary sources, and related secondary literature from one of the pathways that they have chosen
- Demonstrate in a written piece of coursework an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship concerning the specialised methodology of the pathway that they have chosen to do the coursework for, its relevant primary source materials, and conceptual discussions about that methodology
- Demonstrate in seminar discussions, and class presentations, an ability to understand and apply specialised methodology, its techniques and practices considered in the specialised field of the pathway chosen
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral form in seminar discussions, class presentations, and study group meetings by independently addressing study group and pathway questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
- Demonstrate in seminar discussions, class presentations, and study group meetings originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
|Gunn, Simon, & Lucy Faire (eds), Research Methods for History (Edinburgh, 2011)|
Gunn, Simon (ed.), History and Cultural Theory (Longmans, 2006)
Iggers, G., 'The History and Meaning of the Term "Historicism"', Journal of the History of Ideas 56, 1995, 129-152
Braudel, Fernand, 'History and the Social Sciences: La Longue Durée', tr. Sarah Matthews, On History. Chicago, 1980. 25-54.
Jones, Max, 'What Should Historians Do with Heroes? Reflections on Nineteenth- and Twentieth century Britain', History Compass 5:2 (2007), 439-54
Hobsbawm, Eric, and Terence Ranger, The Invention of Tradition (1983, 2012 edition)
Anderson, Benedict, 'Introduction', Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (London, 1991)
Scott, J. W., "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis," American Historical Review 91 (Dec 1986): 1053-75.
Houlbrook, Matt, '"Lady Austin's camp boys": constituting the queer subject in 1930s London', Gender & History, 14:1 (2002) 31-61
Burke, Peter What Is Cultural History? (Cambridge, 2008)
Joyce, Patrick, 'What is the Social in Social History?', Past and Present, 206:1 (2010)
Darnton, Robert, 'Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint Séverin', in History Today, 34:8 (1984)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||HistMeth Historical Methodology
|Course organiser||Dr Zubin Mistry
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948