4AAH0001 Historical Skills, Sources & Approaches
Credit value: 30 credits
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Chris Manias
Assessment: 6 x 800-word essays (each worth 12%); 2 x 1,500 word essays (each worth 14%)
Teaching pattern: 8 x 1-hour small group seminars, per semester
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
Assessment Pattern pre-2018
10 x 800-word essays (100%)
The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.
This module introduces students to the practice of academic history through intensive task-focused interaction in small groups with a working historian over several weeks. Seminars focus on the key skills and understandings students need to acquire for the successful study of history at university level (including close and critical reading, research, essay writing, examination technique and how work is assessed). Seminars are equally divided between sessions introducing students to the interpretation of different types of evidence encountered by historians (such as manuscripts, printed sources, visual
evidence etc.) through discussions focused on concrete examples, and sessions on the very different approaches historians take in using such sources to address historical questions, exemplified in specific examples of historical interpretation. The module offers students the opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of how academic history is shaped by the interactions of source, method and the individual historian, of benefit both to the production of their own work and the understanding of that of others.
Suggested introductory reading
This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.
Tracey Loughran (ed.), A practical guide to Studying History: Skills and Approaches, (London, 2017)