Module Catalogue 2016/17

HIS1044 : Aspects of British History

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adam Morton
  • Lecturer: Dr Jonathan Andrews, Dr Sarah Campbell, Dr Matt Perry, Prof. Jeremy Boulton, Dr Joan Allen, Dr Martin Farr, Dr Rachel Hammersley, Dr Scott Ashley, Prof. Helen Berry
  • Teaching Assistant: Dr Malasree Home, Miss Jennifer Scammell, Miss Cara Middlemass, Miss Mitchelson, Mr David Lowther
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The module aims to provide an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject, reading widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with it, and to develop the capacity for independent study. In particular the module aims to provide a foundation for more specialised study, in the School's stage 2 modules, of individual themes and/or relatively short periods in the history of Britain.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module leader will give an introductory lecture, after which s/he and the other lecturers will each give one or more lectures on major themes and turning points in British history. These will vary from year to year in accordance with the availability and interests of lecturers, but the aim will always be to provide a broad chronological spread and to cover a wide range of topics.

Students will also attend eleven in-depth seminars which have been designed to accompany the lectures.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The module will give students an enhanced understanding of the chronological, geographical and causal relationships in British history.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Development of capacity for independent study and critical judgements of the ability to respond promptly, cogently and clearly to new and unexpected questions arising from this study.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Negotiation : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion741:0074:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading741:0074:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching151:0015:00Seminars based on 15 groups
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:0010% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

LECTURES impart core knowledge and an outline of the knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note taking skills.

SEMINARS encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral presentation, interpersonal communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exams test students' acquisition of a clear, general and overall knowledge of the subject at the conclusion of the module plus the ability to think and to analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both their general knowledge and their detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem solving skills and adaptability, the ability to work unaided and to write clearly and concisely within time constraints.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All exchange students at Newcastle University including Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola are warmly encouraged to do the same assessment as the domestic students unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, students need to discuss it with their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them.

Students who opt for the alternative assessment because they will have to leave Newcastle University before the assessment period (excluding Erasmus students, who are contractually obliged to be at Newcastle until the end of the semester) should hand in their 3000-word essays before they go away. If this is not possible, they should tell the School exchange coordinator that they are going to submit their essays in absentia, then submit their essays through Blackboard and email copies of the essays to the School Office ( Any essay received after the deadline will be considered as a late submission.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 16/17. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

Disclaimer: The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver modules in accordance with the descriptions set out in this catalogue. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, the University reserves the right to introduce changes to the information given including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of modules if it considers such action to be necessary.