HIS-20101 - Sources and Debates in History
Coordinator: Benjamin Anderson Tel: +44 1782 7 33611
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

To enable students to develop their skills in handling historiographical issues and in source critique, and to give students the opportunity to develop and produce a personal research project prior to embarking on their level 6 ISP.

Intended Learning Outcomes

analyse debates historiographically: 1
evaluate varieties of source material available to the historian and the advantages and problems of using each: 1
develop the ability to read and use texts and other source materials, both critically and emphatically, while addressing questions of genre, content, perspective and purpose: 1
evaluate the place of heritage in contemporary understandings of the past: 1
evaluate differences of opinion between historians: 1
plan and undertake an independent piece of historical research: 1

Study hours

12 lectures, 12 seminars, 9 workshops, 3 individual supervisions; 20 hours seminar preparation, 84 hours essay preparation, 10 hours lecture consolidation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 100%
Single substantive assignment
EITHER an essay of c.4000 words, on a question devised by the student in consultation with their tutor, where the essay requires the students to demonstrate detailed knowledge of an historiographical or source-based issue, OR the composition and publication of a 1000-word post on a pre-existing Wordpress website demonstrating the student's ability to communicate historiographical or source-based research in a public-facing format (for which students will be given a pre-designed template, and no prior technical knowledge will be necessary) plus submission via Turnitin of the same published content plus a 3000-word reflective diary about the challenge of converting and abbreviating historical research for public engagement. Full support for this latter option will be offered by a combination of staff in History and in KIITE.