Global Opportunities

HIS2124 : A History of Contemporary Britain (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.

Outline Of Syllabus

A combination of a chronological survey and thematic analysis. Such themes will include politics, society, the economy, culture, and the nations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials400:3020:00Non-synchronous lectures.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials341:0034:00Non-synchronous online lecture replacement materials.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Syncronous on-line contact time.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Synchronous online contact for student queries, guidance, consultation, discussion, and feedback.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study761:0076:00N/A
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. Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills, and adaptability.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M803000 word extended research essay
Written exercise1M201,000 word source analysis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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 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.

Reading Lists

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