This module provides an introduction to advanced historiography. It will develop students’ knowledge of traditional historiographical concerns alongside current trends and new directions in writing and thinking about the past. It also aims to enable students to think critically about the way historians have formulated research questions, used sources, and written history, across time and place. It will help students to build up an informed knowledge of recent developments in historical thinking as well as a history of the discipline of History itself. There will be a strong global element to the curriculum.
Topics to be covered will be drawn from the following: nation and state in History; global and transnational histories; empires and colonies; orientalism and occidentalism; social history, structuralism and the Annales; history from below; history in numbers; cultural history and postmodernism; materiality and visual history; body history; gender and history; microhistory.
Humanities Research Training
The module is taught alongside the Humanities Doctoral Training Programme and equips students in the necessary research skills in Humanities, offering a range of theoretical and practical training opportunities. Students contribute to workshops in research presentation, writing for publication, teaching and research, and working with sources. Students will be assessed in a poster presentation of their research intentions (presented to their cohort) and an extended essay in which they contextualise their own research goals in relation to issues in Humanities as raised by the course.
Conference Training and Presentation
The module is designed to train students in the skills involved in event organisation and presentation. It will involve collaborative as well as individual research skills. Students will be guided through the necessary training in organising a conference, choosing a topic and delivering a relevant paper. Students will be assigned roles (treasurer, programme developer, marketing manager, website designer) and will also present a paper at the conference. Students will be assessed on a reflective essay, outlining their contribution to the management of the conference and a written version of their presentation (including slides).
Project Research Training Module
The module is designed to train students in the skills to design and manage a research project in history, locate relevant primary and secondary sources, devise methodologies to analyse sources and prepare a research proposal. It commences with taught sessions on the nature of sources and archives, and specific methodologies in primary research that will be tailored to the students’ research interest but may include oral history, digital resources, quantitative sources and methods, print and broadcast media, political history archives, local and family history, visual and material histories. Then, it moves on to project preparation skills which include the compilation of bibliographies, critical evaluation of secondary literature and project design. The final outcome will be a detailed project proposal and plan for the dissertation. There will be field visits to local archives and depositories.
The final project will be a sustained piece of writing, amounting to 15,000 words. The piece will draw on research undertaken throughout the year but will provide a new and sustained argument.
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