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Thinking Through History: Themes in Advanced Historical Studies 2 - HIS00003C

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  • Department: History
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Tom Johnson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module summary

This module follows on from the Thinking Through History I module, continuing the introduction to themes and issues relating to the study of history across a broad sweep of time and space. In this module, students will be expected to take abstract ideas and develop them in specific practical contexts under the guidance and facilitation of faculty members.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce students to key themes and issues that shape the historiography of all periods; and
  • To develop students' awareness of the conceptual underpinnings of historical study.

Module learning outcomes

Students who complete this module successfully will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of debates and issues raised by particular aspects of modern historiography;
  • Understand the importance of close reading of texts;
  • Be able to discuss and write about the relationship between case study evidence and broader themes of historical knowledge;
  • Have practiced core skills identified in the Autumn Term Making Histories module, including historical analysis, note-taking, presenting to groups, and leading discussions in seminars; and
  • Have delivered advanced level historical work in an examination, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the module topics.

Module content

Teaching Programme:
Students will attend four 2-hour seminars in weeks 1 to 4 of the summer term, led by faculty members, which describe and analyse case study evidence.

Week 1 Seminar I
Week 2 Seminar II
Week 3 Seminar III
Week 4 Seminar IV


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (2 day paper over 3 days)
Thinking Through History: Themes in Advanced Historical Studies 2
8 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

For summative assessment students take a 24-hour open exam which runs back-to-back with the exam for Thinking Through History 1. Both papers are released at 11:00 on day 1 and both are due for submission on 11:00 of day 3. The exam takes place in the assessment period of the summer term.


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (2 day paper over 3 days)
Thinking Through History: Themes in Advanced Historical Studies 2
8 hours 100

Module feedback

For the summative assessment task, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline unless submitted in week 5 of the summer term, in which case these are available within 25 working days. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement on Assessment.

Indicative reading

There are no key texts for this module.

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