Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved
College College Arts and Law
School History and Cultures
Department History
Partner College and School English Literature
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. American and Canadian Studies and History Full-time
Programme Code 738B
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 information is to be supplied
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 western Europe during the medieval and/or modern periods;
A body of historical information characterised by geographical range and chronological depth with special attention to western Europe;
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;
Some of the core analytical skills deployed by historians, including skills of interpretation, corroboration and evaluation;
Some of the conceptual, theoretical and ideological influences on historical events and on their interpretation, with particular emphasis on political, cultural and socio-economic development.
Students are expected to have a knowledge and understanding of selected areas of the history and culture of North America and of the selected areas and themes in historical studies
How 'race', class, gender and ethnicity have been constructed and represented in North America from the seventeenth century to the present day
How different modes of representation (e.g. historical documents, film, photography, literature, popular music) mediate specific ideologies through particular techniques, languages and genres
Key paradigms, theories and concepts within and across the disciplines which make up the subject area of North American Studies
Lectures, seminars, group research projects and virtual learning environments
Lectures, seminars and independent study
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
Class presentations, essays, examinations; extended essay
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:
Cognitive/intellectual skills:
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.
Practical/transferable skills:
record information accurately and efficiently;
work confidently with elementary IT packages aimed at supporting the retrieval 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 collaborative research project;
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.
The ability to produce academic writing that involves gathering, organising, synthesising and critiquing a range of primary and secondary materials
The ability to collect, interpret and present information and argument, and a capacity for critical thinking and independent thought
Students will be able to effectively present information orally
Students will be competent users of I.T. for research purposes, word-processing, and in the use of I.T. communications tools
Cognitive/intellectual skills: Lectures and seminars provide opportunities to demonstrate and practise the intellectual skills specified. Documentary work, introduced at level C and practised at level I via Group Research and the Optional module, and, particularly, in Special Subjects at level H, develops cognitive and analytical capacities to engage critically with primary source evidence in order to evaluate historical arguments. Historical Reflections requires students to reflect on the intellectual and conceptual aspects of historical inquiry. Essays allow for a specific focus on problem-solving as well as an opportunity to develop skills of assimilation, synthesis and analysis. For specific details of the delivery of learning outcomes in individual modules see the appended curriculum map.

Practical/transferable skills: Appropriate bibliographic guidance and support are supplied at all levels and for all modules by module convenors and/or module tutors. The Research Seminar at level C develops recording skills and information retrieval skills. In addition students are encouraged to take advantage of training offered by the library and information services in the use of bibliographical search tools and applications for IT. Practical research and presentation skills (both oral and written) are developed in most modules (in the context largely of the relevant secondary literature) via preparation for and participation in seminars for knowledge-based modules. The skills required to analyse and interpret documents effectively are introduced in the level C Research Seminar, developed in Group Research and/or level I Optional modules and practised at an advanced level in Special Subjects at level H. Group Research offers opportunities for collaborative and independent study. Regular submission of written work, as well as seminar preparation and discussion, improves reasoning, communication and organisational skills. Repeated exposure to deadlines for formative and summative assessment, as well as seminar deadlines, also encourages acquisition of time-management skills. Progress Review Tutorials provide a regular context for self-evaluation. For specific details of the delivery of learning outcomes in individual modules see the curriculum map.
Lectures, seminars and independent study
Cognitive/intellectual skills: Verification strategies employed include written coursework of varying length and type (including essays and contextualisation of documents), oral and written presentation of the group research project, open paper examination, and unseen timed examinations. For specific details of the learning outcomes targeted (and assessed) in individual modules see the curriculum map.

Practical/transferable skills: Verification strategies employed include written coursework of varying length and type (including essays and contextualisation of documents), oral and written reports on the group research project, unseen timed examinations and an open paper examination. For specific details of the learning outcomes targeted (and assessed) in individual modules see the curriculum map.
Assessed essays and papers; class presentation; extended essay