- Sources and Methods in Ancient History
Compulsory module 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
- An Interdisciplinary Approach to China: Health and Humanity
Compulsory module 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, anthropological and historical approaches to concepts of health and therapeutics in the classical world and their legacy. Topics may include narrative medicine, film and the medical humanities, food politics, medical law, health systems, and ageing. Some of the lectures will be delivered by China specialists; others, such as anthropologists, environmentalists and lawyers, will be leaders in their respective fields. Each two-hour session comprises a lecture and a seminar where students present readings in Chinese and English.
Module code: HIST0451 (previously HISTGC01)
Timetable: Term 1
Assessment: 1 X 4,000-word essay
- Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians
Compulsory module 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
- Approaches to Transnational Studies: Core Readings, Social Theory and Case Studies
Compulsory module for MA Transnational Studies students
Realities of social experiences 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. Some people might be indifferent to categories of national belonging; or their experiences are marked by the hybridity of national identities. For many people transterritoriality constitutes a fundamental anthropological reality. Likewise, goods and ideas travel across national boundaries; as a consequence they change or acquire new meanings. Social forms of organisation take account of these realities. In this course students will develop a profound understanding of theoretical and methodological debates in Transnational Studies to enable them to apply these insights 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