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HIS8025 : Pathway in British History

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adam Morton
  • Lecturer: Dr Timothy Somers, Ms Anne Redgate, Dr Vicky Long, Dr Matt Perry
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to give students an understanding of influential methodologies and theories of aspects of British history as practised within the field of British History and subsequently in the MA in British History.

Outline Of Syllabus

This will vary depending on the specialist research interests of the staff teaching on the module, but themes may include: the Atlantic world, imperialism, industrialisation and industrial decline, crime and popular protest, demography, national identity, slavery, social identity and class formation, family structure and gender relations, poverty and the poor, material goods and consumption, relationships between the three kingdoms and/or four nations, state formation, urbanization, work and labour patterns, and political history.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion971:0097:00Researching and writing of assessment.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading541:0054:006 hours of reading for the weekly seminar.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00Present in Person. Two hour weekly seminar. Can migrate online easily. No seminar in weeks 1 or 12.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Final week of teaching. Drop-in support for guidance with assessments. Can migrate online easily.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study271:0027:003 hours of preparatory tasks for the weekly seminar.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00PiP. Can migrate online. Introduction to the module in week 1.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

There will be 9 weekly seminars (none in week 1, the reading week, or week 12). Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability. Seminars at MA level allow students to share perspectives on their reading and personal research interests, as well as to engage in an advanced-level critical discussion of the problems and issues surrounding the theme under review. The drop-in surgery in week 12 will help students with their assessment - it provides them with an opportunity to discuss their essay with staff members. A module talk in week 1 will introduce the course to students.

All of these activities will be offered in-person in the first instance. All can easily migrate to Zoom or equivalent in the event that Covid-19 makes this a necessity.

We do not lecture at MA. Replacement lecture materials are therefore unnecessary.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A50One 2000 word essay (including footnotes, excluding bibliography)
Essay1M50One 2000 word essay (including footnotes, excluding the bibliography) to be set mid-term.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests knowledge outcomes and develops skills in research, reading and writing. Essays allow students to explore a theme of the course in the depth that we require at MA. They also offers the opportunity to explore primary sources, which will be essential to their dissertations. The students will write one essay during the mid-term and one during the assessment period. Essay topics will be divided into baskets to ensure that assessment covers a range of themes on the module.

No variation of deadline will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.

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

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader.

Reading Lists