Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 24/07/2020
College College Arts and Law
School History and Cultures
Department History
Partner College and School Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. History and Politics Full-time
Programme Code 641E
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme This programme provides students with the opportunity to combine study of the human past with that of another discipline in equal proportions. This specification refers to the credits that a Joint Honours History student will pursue under the jurisdiction of the Department of History during each year of his/her programme (60 in the first year and between 40 and 80 in years 2 and 3). The credits acquired at each level from the other Joint Honours discipline is detailed in the relevant department’s own documentation.

The History programme aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of historical events and processes, as well as to develop analytical and critical capacities of a high order. Though the programme concentrates on medieval and modern Europe including Britain and Ireland (c.400-c.2000), considerable attention is also paid to global history, particularly that of Asia, Africa and North America. Students studying History as a joint degree will have the opportunity to study the full range of periods and areas offered by the Department of History. Students will be able to study history of varying types and approaches, including at least some of the following: political, social, economic, cultural, religious, military and diplomatic.

Joint Honours graduates will display a broad knowledge over two disciplines and be able to demonstrate intellectual versatility and organisational flexibility. The History half of the Joint Honours programme aims to produce graduates with an enthusiastic appreciation of the past, the skills with which to research and analyse the past, an ability to engage critically with historical debates, and an informed appreciation of the historical context for issues of current interest and concern. The wide range of reasoning, communication and organisational skills acquired from this programme, and practised in the context of two disciplines (including History), equips graduates to pursue historical study at a higher level or to secure employment as historians, but is also readily transferable to a large number of professions and other careers.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
the primary trends in the political, social, economic, cultural and religious development of Europe and the wider world during the medieval and modern periods
a broad body of historical information characterised by geographical range and chronological depth with special attention to Europe and the wider world
a range of sources available to historians (including textual primary evidence) and an awareness of their limitations
the historiographical development of core debates in history, and an appreciation of the reasons for continued controversies
the core analytical skills deployed by historians, including skills of interpretation, corroboration and evaluation
conceptual, theoretical and ideological influences on historical events and on their interpretation, with particular emphasis on political, cultural and socio-economic development
Lectures, seminars, group research projects and virtual learning environments
Written formative and summative coursework of varying length and type, from short source exercises to essays of up to 3000 words each; unseen timed examinations; collaborative and/or individual research projects
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
display awareness of and empathy for historical context;
assimilate and synthesise historical evidence;
understand the process of historical validation and its limitations;
evaluate historical evidence and arguments;
draw reasoned conclusions from contested historical evidence;
formulate questions and hypotheses of interest and importance to historians, including those which entail comparative analysis over time and /or space;
evaluate and apply historical concepts and models;
understand relevant methods and concepts from other related disciplines, such as, for example, archaeology, economics and sociology, and apply them where appropriate to the study of history;
exercise intellectual autonomy
record information accurately and efficiently;
work confidently with elementary IT packages aimed at supporting the retrieval, storage, analysis and presentation of information;
interpret and analyse information of various formats and types, including printed and non-printed texts;
identify, collect, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources;
plan and execute a research project as part of a group;
communicate ideas and arguments effectively both orally and in writing;
exercise disciplined imagination in response to problems;
display intellectual flexibility in the face of reasoned argument;
work effectively under time-constraints;
work constructively as part of a team;
show a capacity for independent working;
engage in self-evaluation in order to construct and pursue individual learning goals and personal development objectives.
Lectures, seminars, group research projects and virtual learning environments.
Written formative and summative coursework of varying length and type, from short source exercises to essays of up to 3000 words each; unseen timed examinations; collaborative and/or individual research projects