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Undergraduate Course: The Historian's Toolkit (HIST08032)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is the first-year training course for History students. It provides students with the 'toolkit' of the historical profession and introduces students to the skills needed at university.
Course description The Historian's Toolkit takes students through all the steps of the historical research process, from becoming familiar with history at university, understanding different sources and the approaches historians take to their interpretation, navigating a course handbook, preparing for tutorials and lectures, using the library, reading and taking notes, to structuring an essay and constructing an argument, following the appropriate referencing and bibliographic conventions and getting an assignment ready for submission. It provides an essential foundation for all second year history courses.

Content note: The study of History inevitably involves the study of difficult topics that we encourage students to approach in a respectful, scholarly, and sensitive manner. Nevertheless, we remain conscious that some students may wish to prepare themselves for the discussion of difficult topics. In particular, the course organiser has outlined that the following topics may be discussed in this course, whether in class or through required or recommended primary and secondary sources: racism, racial violence, enslavement, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence. While this list indicates sensitive topics students are likely to encounter, it is not exhaustive because course organisers cannot entirely predict the directions discussions may take in tutorials or seminars, or through the wider reading that students may conduct for the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  437
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 162 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
750 word Historiography assignment (30%)
2,000 word Essay (70%)
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. develop and sustain historical arguments in a variety of literary forms, formulating appropriate questions and utilising evidence
  2. interrogate, read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon contemporary texts and other primary sources, including visual and material sources, and secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians
  3. appreciate the complexity of reconstructing the past, and the problematic and varied nature of historical evidence
  4. gather and deploy evidence and data to find, retrieve, sort and data to find, retrieve, sort and exchange new information
  5. design, research, and present a sustained and independently conceived piece of historical writing
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsHist Toolkit
Course organiserDr Zubin Mistry
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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