|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
Rather than offering a conventional narrative or survey, this module will analyse the historical background and context of the contemporary United Kingdom. It will also offer some insights into the distinctive methodologies of contemporary history.
This module aims:
•To impart a thorough understanding of the course and themes of contemporary British history (in the main, the post-1945 period).
•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.
A combination of a chronological survey and thematic analysis. Such themes will include politics, society, the economy, culture, and the nations.
The module is envisaged as providing students with an understanding of modern Britain that will inform subsequent historical study. They will have learnt to synthesise contesting interpretations of events and to offer their own interpretation of the course of British history in the period stated. Students will be expected to consult sources beyond those offered by the module leader and to be eclectic in their reading and their expression.
The module will test students’ abilities to listen and read, to acquire and collate information, to manage their time, and to communicate clearly and confidently both on paper and orally. Development of capacity for independent study and critical judgement and of the ability to respond promptly, cogently and clearly to new and unexpected questions arising from this study.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||63||1:00||63:00||40% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||63||1:00||63:00||40% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||Film Screening|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||32||1:00||32:00||20% of guided independent study|
Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills. They explain historical concepts and set out historical debates and problems. They introduce a range of source material and set out and help to evaluate its historical context and worth. Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills, and adaptability.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||80||3000 word extended research essay|
|Written exercise||1||M||20||1,000 word document analysis|
Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress. Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing thus preparing students for stage three research modules.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Any essay received after the deadline will be considered as a late submission.
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.
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