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Undergraduate Course: Historical Skills and Methods I (HIST10426)

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 provides students with an introduction to writing historiographically. It builds upon work done in the Introduction to Historiography and is designed to prepare students for the writing of a history dissertation.
Course description Engaging with the changing historiography on any given subject is a critical skill for any historian. This course develops the skills which students have already attained in History courses at pre-Honours level, by encouraging students to gain greater familiarity with historiographical modes of writing, and showing how this contributes to the ways in which historians can frame and develop their investigations into the past.
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

Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 187 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
1,500 word Book review or Contribution to Group Bibliography (20%)
3,500 word Essay (80%)
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 skills in locating secondary sources;
  2. identify key works done by historians on a topic and construct a bibliography;
  3. assess historiographical developments and trends;
  4. demonstrate practical experience of writing historiographically as a stepping-stone to the Dissertation.
Reading List
Beck, Peter J. Presenting History: Past & Present. New York: Palgrave: 2012.
Burke, Peter. What Is Cultural History? Cambridge: Polity, 2008.
Cheng, Eileen Ka-May. Historiography: An Introductory Guide. New York: Continuum: 2012.
Claus, Peter and John Marriott. History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Iggers, Georg, Edward Wang, and Supriya Mukherjee. A Global History of Modern Historiography. New York: Routledge, 2016.
Iggers, Georg. Historiography in the Twentieth Century. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1997.
Poppin, Jeremy D. From Herodotus to H-net: The Story of Historiography. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2015.
Wilson, Norman. History in Crisis. 3rd ed. New York: Pearson, 2013.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Megan Hunt
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Samson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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