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. History with Year Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 9755
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 provides students with the opportunity to study the human past in an intellectually challenging environment in order to enhance 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 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. The 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 equips graduates to pursue further study or employment as historians, but is also readily transferable to a large number of professions and other careers. This route offers students the additional educational benefit of a semester of study in an approved overseas University.
Lectures supply and contextualise foundational information, serve to enthuse students, and direct further reading; Seminars facilitate the exploration of historical debates, allowing for evaluation of the existing historiography and/or primary source evidence, as well as encouraging students to develop their own arguments; individual and group research projects allow students to engage with primary sources, consolidate and develop further analytical skills, and evaluate particular debates; Virtual Learning Environments, especially Canvas, act as a platform for enhancing blended, student-driven learning.
Documentary work at all levels develops cognitive and analytical capacities to engage critically with primary and secondary source evidence in order to evaluate historical arguments. Students engage with historical theory and methodology indirectly in optional and core modules (particularly, Group Research and dissertation work) but these issues are also dealt with explicitly in Practising History and History in Theory and Practice. The aim is to encourage a facility for analytical and conceptual abstraction. The range of detailed studies on offer enhance students’ awareness of difference and similarity in historical events and processes over time and space. The range of assessment methods listed below allows students to focus on problem-solving in a way that develops their interrogative skills, confidence in historical inquiry, facility with relevant analytical concepts, and intellectual autonomy.
Dedicated ‘skills’ modules at levels C and I (Practising History; Group Research; Professional Skills Module; Research Methods) offer explicit guidance and support for practical and transferable skills named below. The dissertation provides a clear opportunity to consolidate and implement these skills at an advanced level. Furthermore, these skills are fundamental elements of every module at all levels of the programme; throughout the programme appropriate guidance and support are supplied by module convenors and/or module tutors. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of training offered by the University Library and Information Services in the use of bibliographical search tools and applications for IT. Regular submission of written work, as well as seminar preparation and discussion, improves reasoning, communication, organisational and time-management skills, while Group Research or its alternative, the Professional Skills Module (involving a work placement) has particular value in developing the skills necessary for effective teamwork.
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, individual and groups research projects; virtual learning environments
Written formative and summative coursework of varying length, essays up to 3,000 words, unseen examinations, independant 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 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 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;
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 or work placements and virtual learning environments; Year abroad
Formative and summative course work of varying length and type, exercises , essays of upto 3,000 words; collaborative research projects or work placements, individual and collaborative oral presentations; unseen timed examinations; independent dissertation research project; Year abroad module.