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HIS8061 : The Practice of History

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nicola Clarke
  • Lecturer: Ms Anne Redgate, Professor Alejandro Quiroga, Dr Aidan Collins
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The Practice of History covers the breadth of the research interests of members of staff, and introduces students to the discipline at advanced level. It is concerned with ideas and theory and the practice of history.

As the compulsory module for SHS's MAs, this module will give students an overview of influential methodologies and theories of History and introduce them to how the discipline is practised at an advanced level in the twenty-first century.

Outline Of Syllabus

This will vary depending on the specialist research interests of the staff teaching on the module, but themes may include: history & anthropology; gender & sexuality; Marxism;‘Other’ histories; environmental history; microhistory; History and Science; Oral History and Transnationalism.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion190:0090:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities114:0044:00guided learning to accompany each weekly session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability. Seminars encourage students to share ideas and information and develop a sense of common identity as historians before they undertake individual and more specialised advanced research projects.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100Essay on methodologies and themes included in module (3,500 words).
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative assessment to help students practice writing methodological section of research proposal (500 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing. Seminar attendance encourages participation and preparation.

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.

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