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HIS1029 : Varieties of History

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module, compulsory for all first year historians, provides an introduction to historical
concepts which are essential to historical study across periods and regional boundaries.
This module aims:
1. To introduce students to a range of historical concepts such as nation and ethnicity, gender, memory and orality, race and identity, class and imperialism. Topics may vary from year to year.
2. To introduce students to the varieties of historical practice.
3. To provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current histography.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will introduce students to the varieties of history and key historical concepts. Topics studied may vary from year to year. The module is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment is via oral presentation and seen exam.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion731:0073:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading731:0073:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Oral presentations of each seminar group
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars based on 12 groups of 15 students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Preparation for the oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0018:0010% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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. Listening and note taking are practiced in lectures.
SEMINARS encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral presentation, interpersonal
communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability. The group presentation further promotes the development of team-working skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M30Group presentation
Written Examination1202A70Seen exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

SEEN EXAMINATION and ORAL PRESENTATION test intended knowledge and skills outcomes and develop key skills in research, reading, writing and oral communication.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the alternative 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 other students on the module. In order to take up this option, students need to discuss it with the Study Abroad Coordinator and their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them. The Study Abroad Coordinator will have the final say on such issues.

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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