Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 26/09/2014
College College Arts and Law
School History and Cultures
Department African Studies & Anthropology
Partner College and School History
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Anthropology and History Full-time
Programme Code 5159
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme To provide students with a rich and diverse learning experience. Foster students’ personal development so that they can demonstrate independence, initiative, self-management and the capacity for life-long learning. Train a pool of graduates who have detailed knowledge of specific societies and cultures and are able to compare human behaviour around the world. Train a pool of graduates who are able to bring relevant anthropological theory and methodology to bear upon complex situations and issues, and to demonstrate sensitivity to the needs and views of the people being studied. Render students employable by training them in the transferable skills that are associated with all arts, humanities and social science degree programmes, including: identification of areas of enquiry and relevant sources of information; referencing, evaluation, synthesis and analysis of information in the light of relevant methodological and theoretical frameworks; clear and coherent communication in person and on paper. will represent, on one hand a core resource pool of intellectually trained individuals capable of acting as bridges of understanding and conduits of knowledge with other groups, and on the other, a body of highly skilled and multi/inter-disciplinary trained potential employees, already familiar with a wide range of skills and multi tasking abilities necessary to the work force in the 21st century. A half degree in anthropology will provide a joint honours link among historical studies, humanities and social sciences, with the jobs and skills market geared to appreciate broad multi and interdisciplinary training and a high level of competence in key transferable skills. 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. The year abroad (where applicable to Joint Honours programmes) will provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the society and culture of a foreign country wh
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.
The history of the discipline of Anthropology and the emergence of sub-fields
The importance of empirical fieldwork as the primary method of gathering data and as a basis for the generation of anthropological theory and the comparative study of human societies
The nature and extent of human diversity and commonality, and the different explanations that have been offered for this diversity
The ethical issues entailed in the study of social worlds and the representation of others, and the potential applications and misapplications of Anthropology
Lectures, seminars, group research projects and virtual learning environments
1. Lectures, seminars, independent reading and individual/group project work in subject-specific modules; research for the final-year independent study / dissertation modules
2. Lectures, seminars and independent reading in modules which deal specifically with ethnography and which require students to conduct an ethnographic project
3. Lectures, seminars, independent reading and individual/group project work in subject-specific modules; research for the final-year independent study / dissertation modules
4. Ethnographic project work and research for the final-year independent study / dissertation
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
Essays, timed exams, book reviews, project proposals and reports, independent study / dissertation
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 identify, assess and make use of different theoretical approaches within the discipline of Anthropology, including those which recognise and analyse social change and relations of power
The ability to identify an issue or area of enquiry; to question cultural assumptions about this issue; and to search for, select and evaluate relevant sources of information
The ability to interpret, synthesise, critically interrogate a range of primary and secondary sources, generated within and outside the area under study, and to reference these appropriately in their academic writing
To communicate their findings and their analysis clearly and coherently, both in written and oral formats
To work with a significant amount of independence, including self-direction, initiative and time-management
To listen effectively, work with others, and respond constructively to feedback
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.
1. Lectures, seminars and independent reading throughout the degree programme; ethnographic project work; discussion with independent study / dissertation supervisor and feedback on drafts
2. Group presentations which require students work collaboratively to identify an area of enquiry and relevant sources of information; individual independent study / dissertations which require students to identify an area of enquiry and relevant sources of information, with support from a supervisor
3. Seminar discussions, workshops, and group activities during lecture sessions; feedback on drafts of independent studies / dissertations; feedback on essays and project reports
4. Seminar discussions, workshops, and group activities during lecture sessions; feedback on drafts of independent studies / dissertations; feedback on essays and project reports
5. Independent reading in all modules; individual and/or group research in modules in each year of the degree programme; feedback on drafts of independent studies / dissertations; feedback on essays and project reports
6. Group research for presentations, student-led workshops which support independent study / dissertation projects, feedback on drafts and discussion with independent study / dissertation supervisor
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.
Group presentations, project reports, essays, timed exams, book reviews, independent study / dissertation