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Level 7

7AAH3002 Historical Methods

Credit value: 20
Module convenor/tutor (2019/20)Dr Chris Dillon (Group 1) & Dr Kit Kowol (Group 2)
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour weekly seminars
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 4,000-word essay
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

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 invites wide-ranging reflection on the nature, methods and purposes of history, with reference principally to modern Europe. It combines investigation of individual historians – both their works and their autobiographical statements – with exploration of various sub-fields and approaches to history.

Provisional Teaching Plan

  1. Programmatic Manifestos
  2. (Becoming) Historians
  3. The Position of the Historian Revisited
  4. Political History
  5. Social History
  6. Presentations
  7. Comparative and Transnational History
  8. Cultural History
  9. Gender History
  10. How to Write a History of the Twentieth Century?
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