- HISTGA01 Sources and Methods in Ancient History
Core Course for MA Ancient History students
Teaching will consist of a weekly seminar on problems of theory and method of current importance to the study of ancient history, approached through specific research topics. Options include fields such as: social anthropology, historiography, archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology, and textual criticism. Students will be asked to choose two topics among those proposed, and will write essays on them; this is meant to help students in refining their methodological approaches and use of sources for their dissertations.The seminar involves ancient historians from all the institutions participating in the Intercollegiate degree (UCL, King's College, RHUL and the ICS).
Assessment: 2 X 5,000 word essays
- HISTGC01 An Interdisciplinary Approach to China: Health and Humanity
Core course for MA Chinese Health and Humanity students
The core course will be delivered by specialists in different fields critical to the interdisciplinary understanding of health in China. Students will be exposed to social sciences and historical approaches to concepts of health and therapeutics in the classical world and their legacy. Some of the lectures will be delivered by China specialists; others, such as anthropologists, environmentalists and lawyers, will be leaders in their field.
Assessment: 1 X 4,000 word essay
- HISTGM01 Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians
Core course for MA History and MA European History students
The core course provides you with the essential training required for further study at MA level, and lays a solid foundation for students who may wish to continue to do research at PhD level. It is comprised of three components: skills, concepts and theory.
Assessment: take-home exam (due at the end of reading week); 1 X 1,000 word source criticism; 1 X 3,000 word essay
- HISTGT01 Approaches to Transnational Studies: Core Readings, Social Theory and Case Studies
Core course for MA Transnational Studies students
The realities of social life do not necessarily fit national categories. Transnational identities (generated through patterns of migration, religious belief systems, or political and cultural identities) often have a stronger impact on people’s lives then nationality or statehood. Therefore, transterritoriality constitutes a fundamental anthropological reality. People, goods and ideas travel across national boundaries; as a consequence they change or acquire new meaning. Social forms of organisation take account of these realities. As Khagram and Levitt have argued, “studying contemporary social life by comparing experiences within or across nations blinds us to many of the ways the world actually works”.
Students are expected to develop a profound understanding of theoretical and methodological debates in the interdisciplinary field of Transnational Studies to enable them to apply these in their optional modules and their dissertation work.
Assessment: take-home examination (due at the end of reading week); 1 X 3,000 word essay; 1 X 1,000 word book review