Postgraduate Course: Historical Research: Skills and Sources (PGHC11334)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This core course is taken by all MSc History (Taught) graduate students as an introduction to the key skills and sources they need to build a research project, with the ultimate objectives being to enable students to complete both their written coursework, and their Masters dissertation. Core lectures will explore strategies for archival research, develop writing skills and introduce students to the archives available to them in Edinburgh. Students will then choose two four-week pathways, one of which will form the basis for the final course essay.
This course will consist of four elements:
1. Core lectures attended by the whole MScT History cohort, in weeks 1-2 & 11.
2. Archive visits in week 2.
3. Two pathways chosen by the student, running weeks 3-6 and 7-10.
4. Submission of a final research paper (4-5,000 words) for numerical assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, 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)
||One written piece of coursework relating to the pathway chosen, the title of which is to be agreed with the pathway lecturer (4-5,000 words).
|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 primary sources, and related secondary literature from the pathway that they have chosen
- Demonstrate in a written piece of coursework an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship concerning the specialised field of the pathway that they have chosen, its relevant primary source materials, and conceptual discussions about that field;
- Demonstrate in seminar discussions and pathway presentations, an ability to understand and apply specialised research or professional skills, 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, presentations within their pathways, and study group meetings by independently addressing study group and pathway questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course;
- Demonstrate in seminar discussions, pathway 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.
|Zemon Davis, Natalie, Fiction in the Archives (Stanford, 1987)|
Cannadine, David (ed.), What is History Now? (Basingstoke, 2004)
Elton, G.R. (ed.), What is History Now? (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)
Evans, Richard J., In Defence of History (2nd edn. (London: Granta, 2000)
Tosh, Peter, The pursuit of history: aims, methods, and new directions in the study of modern history, 5th edn. (Harlow, 2010)
Budd, Adam, The modern historiography reader: Western sources pp.365-378 (London, 2009)
Claus, Peter and John Marriott, History: an Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice (London, 2012)
Dobson, M. and B. Ziemann, eds. Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from 19th and 20th Centuries (NY, 2009)
Barber, S. and C. M. Peniston-Bird, History Beyond the Text (London: Routledge 2009)
Weller, Toni, History in the Digital Age (Abingdon, Routledge, 2013)
Joyce, P., The State of Freedom: a Social History of the British State since 1800 (Cambridge, 2013)
Cultural and Social History, 11:3 (2014), debate forum on digital history
Tredinnick, Mark, Writing Well: the essential guide (Cambridge, 2008)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will develop those transferable skills essential to conducting research and for disseminating research findings, including:
* Designing a research project at the MSc level;
* Experience with generating and presenting oral and written arguments in a range of professional academic settings (e.g. in seminars, conferences, online discussion with peers, submission of written work for assessment);
* "Hands-on" training in locating, describing, and making meaningful analytical use of primary historical documents;
* Effective use of interactive electronic materials and related technology, including bibliographical software and databases.
|Keywords||Historical Research Skills Sources
|Course organiser||Mr David Kaufman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3857
|Course secretary||Ms Cristina Roman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4577