Postgraduate

HIS8104 : Ideas and Influences in British History

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module builds on theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired in compulsory modules HIS8061, HIS8025 and HIS8098 and embraces a comparative approach towards the History of the British Isles at an advanced level. These aims are pursued through the analysis, discussion, and application of theoretical models to specific historical case studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will explore the study of the impact of ideas and influences throughout British history, such as political thought, and social and cultural values. Seminar subjects may include: liberalism, socialism, feminism, conservatism, consumerism, environmentalism, Marxism and communism, collectivism, absolutism, Keynesianism, social democracy, communitarianism, fascism, republicanism and religion.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials102:0020:00Structured introductions to explored topics (twice delivery time as per ERF).
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion641:0064:00Research essay (4,000 words). 50% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading321:0032:00Recommended and further reading. 25% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous on line or on campus depending on the guidelines at the time.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Seminars. Delivered synchronously and online
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Set primary and secondary source reading (2 hours per week).
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion82:0016:00Collaborative group activities on Canvas including discussion boards and Padlet
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Drop-in session to assist with completion of the assessment. Synchronous and online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study321:0032:0025% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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. In response to COVID-19, seminars will be delivered online (but still timetabled). Structured introductions to the explored topics will be provided on Canvas and discussion boards offer asynchronous group collaboration. The drop-in session in Week 9 will help students with their assessment by providing them with an opportunity to discuss their essay with the module leader.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1004,000-word research essay (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Seminar attendance encourages participation and preparation.

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.

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