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Disciplines of History 2: Varieties of Historical Practice

Convenor: Tom Johnson

Module code: HIS00113I

Term: Summer

Credits: 10

Disciplines of History 2 is a required module for Single Subject History students in the second year of the History programme. It exposes students to various sub-disciplinary modes of contemporary historical practice through a combination of foundational theoretical texts for the sub-disciplines in question, and historical texts that apply those sub-disciplinary approaches.

The specific mix of sub-disciplines will be at the discretion of individual staff members, who will choose at least one sub-discipline from each of the four ‘Bands’ (see the Teaching Programme for more information).

Exploring a minimum of four historical sub-disciplines will provide every student with a strong reflexive basis for making strategic disciplinary choices in their independent historical practice. The module will also help them further contextualise their practice within a wider field of historiographical engagement.

The teaching programme will consist of four 2-hour seminar meetings, one weekly in weeks 1-4 of the summer term.

Seminar topics may include ONE of the following sub-disciplinary areas of history PER BAND, at the tutor’s discretion:

Seminar 1: Band A

  1. Economic History / Historical Materialism
  2. Transnational History / History of Empire
  3. World Ecology
  4. Religious History

Seminar 2: Band B

  1. Material History
  2. History of Science / Medicine / Technology
  3. Microhistory
  4. Environmental History

Seminar 3: Band C

  1. Gender History
  2. Critical Race Theory
  3. Social History

Seminar 4: Band D

  1. Intellectual History
  2. Political History / Diplomatic History
  3. Cultural History

To find out more

You might like to look at the following:

  • Zemon Davis, Natalie Zemon. The Return of Martin Guerre. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984.
  • Kelley, Robin D.G. Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.
  • Sewell, Jr, William H. Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.


For more detailed information on the module, please visit the module catalogue.