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Department of History

H101 Approaches to History

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This is the compulsory core course for all single subject History students.  In the first term, the course undertakes a survey of world history, in order to introduce key issues and approaches common to all history courses.  In the second term, students take two modules, investigating a particular historical topic in order to become familiar with particular methodological and historiographical problems.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, students will:

  • demonstrate understanding of broad themes in world history, with which to pursue regional and specialized study (term 1)
  • demonstrate ability to use primary sources in two different historical case-studies (term 2)
  • develop understanding of various methodological approaches to historical study
  • develop core skills in use of library, critical reading in primary and secondary sources, and essay-writing

Method of assessment

The course is assessed by three essays of 2000 words which comprise 50% of the total course mark, and final exam counts for 50%.

Suggested reading

  • John Arnold, History: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • C.A. Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004)
  • Jeremy Black and Donald M. MacRaild, Studying History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)
  • John Darwin, After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires (Penguin, 2008)
  • Robert Marks, The Origins of the Modern World (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006)