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HI 303X / HI 353X
THINKING HISTORY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Mackillop

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy.

This course will be available in 2012/13 as HI 353X.

This course introduces students to how Clio, the Muse of History, has inspired historians to carry out their craft ever since the invention of history as a discipline two and a half thousand years ago. Students examine how and why the way historians have approached the past has evolved over time. In this course, student also practice a number of approaches to the study of history themselves. The course also encourages students to debate the ways in which historical awareness makes an essential contribution to informed and active citizenship.

9 one-hour lectures, 6 one-hour seminar sessions.

During six teaching weeks students will have both a 1 one-hour lecture and 1 one-hour seminar session. During three weeks, they will only have 1 one-hour lecture a week. The three remaining weeks are reading weeks.

1st Attempt: Continuous Assessment (60%): One essay and three one page response papers to be submitted as one document (3,500 words): (60%) Students will be required to write three one-page response papers (of 500 words each) in response to set readings for the first three of the six seminar-style meetings. The texts are meant to introduce students to three different ways to thinking about history. For session 5, students will write a short essay using the same approach as that being used by a major historical work (eg. Robert Darnton's Great Cat Massacre) that students will have read for the fourth seminar-style session. The essay will be based exclusively on a set number of sources provided by the leaders of the seminar-style sessions. For session 6, students will read all the essays of the students from their discussion group and provide feedback to their peers. With the help of that feedback, students will have to rewrite their short essays. Students will then submit their essay (word length: 2,000 words), together with their one-pagers from Week 1 to Week 3 as one document.

1 two-hour degree examination (40%). In the two-hour examination, each student will be required to approach one gobbet each from three series of gobbets. The first gobbet will consist of an excerpt from some historical source. Students will have to explain how this gobbet could be used by different historical approaches. The second set of gobbets will be taken from the three assigned texts that students will have read for the first three of the seminar-style sessions, while the third set of gobbets will be taken from the major historical work that student will have read for Session 4. Each gobbet will carry equal weight.

Resit: Resit examination (100%).