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

Undergraduate Course: Historical Skills and Methods II (HIST10425)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 20-credit course helps students to improve their skills writing with primary sources. It builds upon work done in Historian's Toolkit and other courses and is designed to prepare students for writing a history dissertation.
Course description This course encourages students to gain greater awareness of, and confidence in, the task of working closely on a body of primary historical source material as the basis of their study of the past. Students on this course will gain greater familiarity with the opportunities offered by close source work, as well as the challenges that historical evidence pose to the historian. The skills acquired through this work will be useful for future study, not least in the final Dissertation in which the ability to identify and analyse a body of relevant sources is particularly important.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Introduction to Historiography (HIST08044)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements From 2019/20 Introduction to Historiography will be compulsory.
However, please note that students on the degrees listed below will not require the compulsory pre-requisite 'Introduction to Historiography':
Economic History (MA Hons)
Economic History and Business (MA Hons)
Economic and Social History (MA Hons)
Politics and Economic and Social History (MA Hons)
Social Anthropology with Social History (MA Hons)
Geography and Economic and Social History (MA Hons)
Economics and Economic History (MA Hons)
PLEASE NOTE: The pre-requisite will still be compulsory for ALL OTHER DEGREE PROGRAMMES
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 189 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay (5,000 words): 100%
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.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by means of coursework, skills in locating primary sources in libraries, online and in archives;
  2. demonstrate, by means of coursework, understanding of the role of research questions and hypotheses;
  3. demonstrate, by means of coursework, knowledge of at least two methods of historical analysis;
  4. demonstrate, by means of coursework, practical experience of planning and completing a research project as a stepping-stone to the Dissertation.
Reading List
Adelson, Roger (ed.). Speaking of History: Conversations with Historians. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1997.
Appleby, Joyce, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob. Telling the Truth About History. New York: W. W. Norton, 1994.
Blouin Jr., Francis X. and William G. Rosenberg. Processing the Past: Contesting Authority in History and the Archives. Oxford: OUP, 2011.
Burke, Peter, Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence. London: Reaktion, 2001.
Brundage, Anthony. Going to the Sources, 6th ed. Malden, Mass.: Wiley Blackwell, 2017.
Dobson, M. and B. Ziemann (eds.). Reading Primary Sources. London: Routledge, 2008.
Jordanova, Ludmilla. History in Practice, 2nd ed. London: Hodder Arnold, 2008.
Mann, Thomas. The Oxford Guide to Library Research. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005.
Marwick, Arthur. The Nature of History.3rd ed. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1970.
Rosenthal, Joel T. (ed). Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe, London: Routledge, 2012.
Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History. 5th ed. London: Longman, 2010
Walker, Garthine (ed.). Writing Early Modern History. London: Bloomsbury, 2005.
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Christopher Harding
Tel: (0131 6)50 9960
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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