HIS2124 : A History of Contemporary Britain
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Farr
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
Rather than offering a conventional narrative or survey, this module will analyse the historical background and context of the contemporary United Kingdom. It will also offer some insights into the distinctive methodologies of contemporary history.
This module aims:
•To impart a thorough understanding of the course and themes of contemporary British history (in the main, the post-1945 period).
•To provide an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject, reading widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with it and to develop the capacity for independent study.
Outline Of Syllabus
A combination of a chronological survey and thematic analysis. Such themes will include politics, society, the economy, culture, and the nations.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||63||1:00||63:00||40% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||63||1:00||63:00||40% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||Film Screening|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||32||1:00||32:00||20% of guided independent study|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills. They explain historical concepts and set out historical debates and problems. They introduce a range of source material and set out and help to evaluate its historical context and worth. Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills, and adaptability.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||80||3000 word extended research essay|
|Written exercise||1||M||20||1,000 word source analysis|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress. Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing thus preparing students for stage three research modules.
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.