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Module

HIS3020 : Writing History

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Clare Hickman
  • Lecturer: Professor Tim Kirk, Dr Robert Dale, Dr Martin Farr, Professor Graham Smith, Dr Nicola Clarke, Dr Alison Atkinson-Phillips, Dr Matt Perry, Dr Scott Ashley, Dr Philip Garrett, Dr Darakhshan Khan, Professor Susan-Mary Grant, Dr Anton Caruana Galizia, Dr David Hope, Ms Anne Redgate, Mr jack Hepworth, Professor Stella Ghervas, Dr Willow Berridge, Dr Jen Kain, Dr Christina Mobley, Professor Annie Tindley, Dr Felix Schulz, Dr Luc Racaut, Dr Bruce Baker, Professor Jeremy Boulton
  • Other Staff: Mrs Lucy Keating
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

Writing History is History’s final-year capstone module, providing students with the opportunity to identify a research topic that interests them and to carry out independent primary research on this subject, resulting in the writing of a 10,000 word dissertation. Students are encouraged to choose their own topic, taking advantage of our very wide variety of research expertise and supervision.

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake sustained and original
investigation of a selected topic including:

1.the identification and definition of the topic and of an appropriate body of primary (but not
necessarily original or unpublished) and secondary sources;
2.the critical and constructive use of those sources;
3.the presentation of the results in scholarly form; and
4.the development of associated skills in research and writing.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will receive guidance in choosing a topic, researching and writing a dissertation. They will attend a series of plenary lectures which will include guidance on library resources, archives, and writing. In addition, each student will be allocated a supervisor who will support their individual research and writing of the dissertation. Guidance from supervisors will be delivered through a mixture of one-to-one tutorials and seminars attended by a group of students with the same supervisor. Students will be expected to submit a draft bibliography and a research proposal during semester one, and will receive feedback on these. In semester two they will submit an extract from the planned dissertation (maximum 25% of the final length), for formative feedback. The syllabus culminates in the submission of the final dissertation.

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.

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