- Writing History/Writing Ancient History
The aim of this module is to develop your skills and confidence as a writer. It will help you to understand the differences between school and university study. You will have the opportunity to discuss with a tutor and with a small group of fellow students how best to approach research and writing at university, and will learn how your work will be assessed. The module is taught in small-group tutorials over the first half of the first term and assessed by an essay.
- 1% - Portfolio of Formative assessment
- 99% - Coursework essay 2,500 words
- Making History
Making History (15 credits) is a group project designed to encourage creative, lateral thinking about the past, active engagement with the rich historical resources afforded by UCL’s London environment, and reflective collaborative learning. Students will work in small groups (of 5-8) to analyse a significant historical question using primary and secondary sources. Each group will populate a website/blog that documents its research activities and findings (worth 70% of the assessment), and will make a formal oral presentation of those findings (assessed by the tutors 30%).
Professor Anthony Smith, UCL's Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) cites this module as an example of research-based education:
- Approaching History
This 30-credit module provides a bridge between A levels, baccalaureate or similar levels of study and the demands of the undergraduate degree programme. It introduces students to the most significant approaches to historical scholarship, including social, economic, intellectual, cultural and comparative history. It provides students with an overview of key concepts, historiographical debates and historical terminology that enables them to critically engage with historical scholarship. The course also provides opportunities for students to learn more about the research being done by departmental staff and how this fits into the wider evolution of the historical discipline. It is taught by two-hour lectures in terms 1 and 2. Lectures are followed by a general discussion between the teacher and the students. It is assessed by a 3-hour examination in the summer term (100%).
- Evolving History
Evolving History (15 credits) is a second year module which supplements and complements the first year module, Concepts, Categories and the Practice of History.
This module is taught by weekly 2-hour lectures in term one, addressing key developments in the discipline of history from the ancient to the modern world. This module will provide an introduction to, and overview of, the practice of history and the evolution of the discipline from Herodotus to Thucydides to the twenty-first century.
- Second Year Research Seminar
Comprises ten 2-hour seminars (of c. 15 students) in term two, focusing on the examination of a specific set of source materials and designed to develop students’ capacity to work independently and to use primary and secondary sources in the construction of a historical argument. It is assessed by one 5,000 word essay.
The Second Year Research Seminars running in 2018/19 are listed below in chronological order. Click on the title for the course description:
- The Face of Empire: Palaces of Nineveh and Nimrud
- Power, Rights and Freedom: Approaches to Ancient Roman Constitutionalism
- Homer for Historians
- Magic in the Middle Ages
- Templars, Heretics, Hermits and Antipopes : The Crises of the Papacy 1294-1334
- The Worlds of Cola. Utopia, Nostalgia and the Quest for Power at the end of the Middle Ages (1313-1354)
- The Himalaya
- Mutiny & Rebellion: British India in 1857
- Foreigners in Revolutionary Mexico, c.1910-1940
- Ideas in Motion: The International Dimensions of Postwar American Thought
- 'The bedrock of society'? Marriage and Family in Twentieth Century Britain: Sources and Approaches
- Conspiracy and Paranoia in America