Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Historiography (HIST08044)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Introduction to Historiography introduces students in the second year to some of the important frameworks through which academic historians approach (and have approached) the past. By surveying and analysing distinct approaches to the past, the course will ground students in what historiography is and why it matters.
Introduction to Historiography introduces students in the second year to some of the important frameworks through which academic historians approach (and have approached) the past. By surveying and analysing distinct approaches to the past, the course will ground students in what historiography is and why it matters. It builds on the foundation of historical skills acquired in Year 1's Historian's Toolkit, and prepares students for the more nuanced and complex handling of historiographical concepts and frameworks required at Honours level.
Lectures will introduce and contextualise influential historical works and approaches. Weekly tutorials will focus more closely on specific cases across different geographical and chronological contexts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
The Historian's Toolkit (HIST08032)
||Other requirements|| A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year.
Students on the Economic History (MA Hons) degree do not require the compulsory pre-requisite 'The Historians' Toolkit'
PLEASE NOTE: The pre-requisite is still compulsory for ALL OTHER DEGREE PROGRAMMES
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Other Study Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Students will take part in Autonomous Learning Groups from Week 2.
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1,000 word Essay (40%)
2,500 word Essay (60%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Team during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a critical understanding of the different frameworks in which historians approach history, and the significance of historiography;
- assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
- research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
- make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
- organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
|AHR Forum, 'The objectivity question and the future of the historical profession,' American Historical Review, Vol. 96 (1991), 675-708|
Sarah Barber and C. M. Peniston-Bird, History beyond the Text: a Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources (2009)
Adam Budd, Modern Historiography Reader (2009)
Peter Burke, What Is Cultural History? (2008)
Peter Claus, and John Marriott, History: An introduction to theory, method and practice (2012)
Georg Iggers, Edward Wang, Supriya Mukherjee, A Global History of Modern Historiography (2008, 2016)
Alun Munslow, 'Why Should Historians Write about the Nature of History (Rather than just do it)?', in Rethinking History, 11:4 (2007), pp.613-25
Ulinka Rublack, ed., A Concise Companion to History (2012)
John Tosh, Historians on History (2000)
John Tosh, The pursuit of history: aims, methods, and new directions in the study of modern history, 5th edn. (2010)
Toni Weller, History in the Digital Age (2013)
Daniel Woolf, A Global History of History (2011)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- ability to draw valid conclusions about the past
- ability to select and apply a variety of critical approaches to problems informed by uneven evidence
- ability critically to assess existing understanding and the limitations of knowledge and recognition of the need regularly to challenge/test knowledge
- ability to test, modify and strengthen one's own views through collaboration and debate
- ability to marshal argument lucidly and coherently
- ability to approach historical problems with academic rigour
|Course organiser||Dr Richard Oosterhoff
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349