Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 15/11/2020
College College Arts and Law
School History and Cultures
Department History
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Ancient and Medieval with Year Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 681A
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme This programme gives students the opportunity to develop their understanding of the nature and discipline of History by the specific study of the ancient and medieval History of Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean between c.1500 BC and c. 1500 CE. This is achieved by analysis of the evidence and its problems (both those specific to the ancient and medieval periods and the general problems of historical sources of any period); by the study of current debates among historians of both periods about the interpretation of large-scale social change and the specific interpretative cruxes of the periods; and by analyses of several more limited time periods in the ancient and medieval worlds, based on critical reading of the primary and secondary sources. The ultimate aim is to produce graduates who have developed the ‘character of mind’ of the historian, who have an enthusiastic appreciation of the past, and who possess a wide range of reasoning, communication and organisational skills. The wide range of these and other skills acquired from this programme equips graduates to pursue further study or 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 principal trends in the political, social, economic, religious and cultural development of the ancient and medieval worlds, with primary emphasis on long-term social change;
a broad body of historical information, with special attention to western Europe and the Mediterranean in the ancient and medieval periods;
the problems of studying other cultures;
a range of historical sources available to historians of the ancient and medieval periods (including textual, archaeological and visual evidence), and an awareness of their limitations;
the historiographical development of core debates in ancient and medieval History and an appreciation of the reasons for continued controversies;
the core analytical skills deployed by historians of the periods concerned, including those of interpretation, corroboration and evaluation;
conceptual, theoretical and ideological influences on historical events and on their interpretation, with particular focus on political, cultural and socio-economic development;
Lectures, seminars, individual and 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 5000 words each; unseen timed examinations; collaborative research projects; individual and collaborative oral presentations; an independent dissertation research project
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 social and literary theory and apply them, where appropriate to the study of Ancient and Medieval 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 archaeological data presented as texts, figures and graphs;
identify, collect, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources;
plan and execute a research project both independently and 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; display appropriate language skills;
engage in self-evaluation in order to construct and pursue individual learning goals and personal development objectives
To achieve an enhanced cultural awareness through direct interactions with society and institutions in another country
Lectures, seminars, individual and group research projects and virtual learning environments; Year Abroad
Written formative and summative coursework of varying length and type, from short source exercises to essays of up to 5000 words each; unseen timed examinations; collaborative research projects; individual and collaborative oral presentations; an independent dissertation research project.