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HIS1027 : European History

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems in the history of Europe, by appraising selected source material and critically examining current historiography. In particular the module aims to provide background for more specialised study of individual themes and/or relatively short periods in the history of various European societies.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module leader will give an introductory lecture, after which s/he and other lectures will each give blocks of lectures. The blocks will vary from year to year in accordance with the availability and interests of lecturers, but they will be selected in such a way that they complement each other. Thus they may be on different chronological periods (e.g. Medieval, Early Modern and Modern Europe) or different geographical areas (e.g. Western, Central, Eastern Europe) or different topics (e.g. Migrations, Agriculture, Industry, Towns, Religion, The Environment, State-Building, Warfare, Nationalism, Class Formation, International Relations, Empire). Whatever the principal criterion for the selection of a particular set of blocks, lecturers will draw attention to other possible criteria to the extent that time permits.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion731:0073:0045% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading731:0073:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars based on 15 groups
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0018:0010% of guided independent study
Total200:00
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, research skills and adaptability.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100Seen exam paper
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exams test acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided and to write clearly and concisely.

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

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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