HIS-10044 - Defining Moments in World History, c.1000-2000
Coordinator: Rachel Bright Tel: +44 1782 7 33466
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

The module introduces students to a series of linked `defining moments┐ in the history of the world over the last thousand years. These key `moments┐ have been selected so as, taken together, (a) to offer an engaging historical survey of the last millennium and (b) to help students gain a deep understanding of both continuity and change in history. The module also aims to acquaint students with different kinds of history, different types of historical sources, and different skills (embedded into seminar teaching) that are central to the discipline and will prepare them for their more advanced study of the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand the contested nature of the study of the past: 1,2,3,4
read and take notes, both from lectures and reading, effectively: 1,2,3,4,5
present an argument orally and in written formats: 1,2,3,4
develop discipline-specific skills such as bibliographic skills and literature searches: 2,4,5
reflect on what makes a moment `defining┐, in the short and long term: 1,2,4
gain an understanding of continuity and change in global history over the last millennium: 1,4
acquaint themselves with, and appreciate, the diversity of approaches and practices in the discipline of history: 1,2,4
work with both broad historical themes and with specific empirical evidence related to particular historical topics and contexts: 1,2,3,4
gain a good understanding of global history over the last millennium: 1,2,4

Study hours

24 one-hour lectures, 24 one-hour seminars, 24 one-hour workshops, 80 seminar preparation
10 prepare for the online quiz
30 article summary and critique
40 research and write primary source analysis 20 research and write group presentation
68 research and write essay.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exercise weighted 15%
Article Summary and Critique 1000 words
1000 words. Using the article given to you by your seminar tutor, write a one sentence summary of the article, a c.150 word description of the article, and the remainder should be a critique of the article.

2: Commentary weighted 20%
Primary Source Commentary
1000 words source analysis, choosing one from the primary sources provided.

3: Group Presentation weighted 15%
Group Presentation
This is a 10 minute presentation about a 'moment', with 2-3 people in each group, including a handout or PowerPoint presentation, which must be uploaded to KLE before the seminar. A single mark will be given to the group based both on the presentation itself and the submitted work.

4: Essay weighted 40%
2000-word essay
2000-word essay, chosen from a list provided.

5: Ungraded Assessment weighted 10%
Online Quiz: How to Do History at University
This online quiz will ask 20 questions about how to do History at university, such as referencing, using the library, and what History is.