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Module

HIS8025 : Pathway in British History

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adam Morton
  • Lecturer: Ms Anne Redgate, Dr Vicky Long, Mr Jack Hepworth
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.
Total200:00
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
Essay1A100One 4000 word essay (including footnotes, excluding bibliography)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests knowledge outcomes and develops skills in research, reading and writing. The extended essay allows students to explore a theme of the course in the depth that we require at MA. It also offers the opportunity to explore primary sources, which will be essential to their dissertations.

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.

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.
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

Timetable