Undergraduate Course: Making Histories: Current Theories in Writing History (HIST10032)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||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-requisites||Visiting 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 **
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- 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;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|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
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)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Tom Webster
Tel: (0131 6)50 3763
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582