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Module

HIS1105 : What is History For?

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adam Morton
  • Lecturer: Dr Nicola Clarke, Dr Matt Perry, Dr David Hope
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module has four aims:

1) to introduce students to the development of History as an academic discipline and different types of History (political,
global, social, cultural, gender, post-colonial, and so on);
2) to compare and contrast different approaches to, and uses of, historical writing in different periods and regions;
3) in doing so, to make them consider the role of power-relations and cultural context in shaping the types of historical
knowledge produced by a given culture;
4) and to challenge students to engage with on-going methodological problems and debates in the discipline.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered may include:

1) Big Question 1: Does History produce Truth?.
2) Big Question 2: “History” & “the Past”: What’s the Difference?
3) Chronicle & Providence: Truth & the Divine in medieval historical writing.
4) The Renaissance: History as moral truth.
5) 19th Century History: Professionalization, Positivism and Colonialism?
6) Things get better and better: The Whig view of History and progress.
7) The Enlightenment: Reason, Disenchantment and their Legacies?
8) History, the nation state, and patriotism.
9) Marxism & History: Class & Determinism.
10) Peoples' History: History from Below.
11) Subaltern Histories.
12) Gender in History: From Her Story to beyond the binary.
13) Cultural History: Mentalities, Beliefs & Attitudes
14) What about the rest? Non-western views of History as a discipline
15) Orientalism? Global History as a challenge to the discipline?
16) Post-modernism and the problem of Historical ‘truth’.
17) Post-colonialism & History.
18) Understanding ideology: Historians, language, and discourse.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable