HIS3020 : Writing History
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Felix Schulz
- Lecturer: Dr Christopher Loughlin, Professor Susan-Mary Grant, Professor Daniel Siemens, Professor Jeremy Boulton, Dr Nicola Clarke, Dr Vanessa Mongey, Dr Willow Berridge, Dr Benjamin Houston, Dr Matt Perry, Professor Graham Smith, Dr Scott Ashley, Dr Shane McCorristine, Dr Bruce Baker, Dr Samiksha Sehrawat, Dr Sarah Campbell, Ms Anne Redgate, Dr Adam Morton, Dr Joseph Lawson
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
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necessarily original or unpublished) and secondary sources;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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||194:00||194:00||50% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||4||1:00||4:00||By Module Leader, Library Liaison Officer, Writing Development Centre and on using archives.|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||78||1:00||78:00||20% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||8||1:00||8:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||116:00||116:00||30% of guided independent study|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures impart core information and explain the skills that students are expected to acquire and use.
Dissertation supervision will allow supervisors to provide students with guidance for directed activity – for instance, how to identify appropriate research material, how to analyse it once identified and how to write the conclusions of the research in the form of a dissertation. Dissertation supervision when in the form of small group work will provide opportunities for students to share insights and seek group responses to issues arising from students' independent research, and also promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability. Dissertation supervision will also take the form of 1:1 meetings to allow specific discussion and clarification of individual research topic(s).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Dissertation||2||M||100||10,000 word dissertation; due Friday of Teaching Week 11, Semester 2.|
|Research proposal||1||M||Draft bibliography|
|Research proposal||1||M||Dissertation proposal of 2000 words Feedback will be provided.|
|Written exercise||1||M||2,500 word dissertation extract, deadline to be set by each supervisor|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The completion of an 'apprentice piece' is the traditional and irrefutable practical demonstration that the skills of any craft – in this case, the historian’s craft – have been mastered. The finished dissertation necessarily incorporates each stage of historical research – conceptualising and defining the problem in the context of current knowledge and historiography, identifying and locating appropriate sources, reading them with the technical competence, critical understanding and insight necessary to establish what can be learned from them, and presenting the results in clear, coherent, cogent and attractive form. It therefore not only has scholarly value in its own right, but provides a comprehensive test and display of the skills, strengths and limitations of its author.
The student will have completed a dissertation of 10,000 words on a subject of his or her own choice, based on primary and secondary sources, which defines the project clearly, establishes its interest and importance in relation to the current state of knowledge, and provides a coherent and well constructed account based on critical and creative use of the appropriate primary sources, taking account of the relevant secondary literature, and with full scholarly apparatus. It will be written in clear and correct English and carefully and attractively presented, and may be illustrated. In many cases it will be capable of further development, for example as a MA, M Litt or Ph D dissertation, and may include preliminary indications of how such development should be conducted; ideally it might be publishable. The content of the dissertation is dependent on the topic chosen.
Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress and assuring standards.
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
This module cannot be made available to exchange students under any circumstances. This applies to Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students equally.