- HIST1006/1009: Writing History/Writing Ancient History
HIST1006/1009 (15 credits) focuses on developing essay-writing skills. Taught over the first term, its first half will be delivered via lectures and large group ‘workshops’, addressing general issues in historical writing. The second half comprises three small group tutorials organised around the submission and revision of an essay related to one of the survey modules being taken.
- 1% - Portfolio of Formative assessment
- 99% - Coursework essay 2,500 words
- HIST1007: Making History
HIST1007 (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:
- HIST1008: Concepts, Categories and the Practice of History
HIST1008 (30 credits) introduces students to the most significant approaches to historical scholarship, including social, economic, intellectual, cultural and comparative history. It is taught by twice-weekly 2-hour lectures in term two (five for each period, Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern), each followed by a general discussion between the teacher and the students. It is assessed by a 3-hour examination in the summer term (100%).
- HIST2008: Evolving History
HIST2008 Evolving History (15 credits) is a second year module which supplements and complements HIST1008.
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.
- HIST2900: Second Year Research Seminar
HIST2900 Second Year Research Seminar (15 credits)
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 2017/18 are listed below in chronological order. Click on the title for the course description:
- Migrants and Expats: Old Assyrian Identity Politics (20th-17th c. BC)
- Homer and History: Epic Evidence for Early Greek Society
- Power, Rights and Freedom: Approaches to Roman Constitutionalism
- Magic in the Middle Ages
- Contested Spaces: Material Culture and Society in the Islamic Near East 1200-1500
- The Worlds of Cola. Utopia, Nostalgia and the Quest for Power at the end of the Middle Ages (1313-1354)
- Domestic Dissidents: Intelligence and Surveillance in Early Modern Britain
- The British in the Levant, 1600-1825
- Britons Abroad: The British Experience in Continental Europe, 1689-1800
- Mutiny & Rebellion: British India in 1857
- Foreigners and Revolutionary Mexico, c. 1910-1940
- 'The bedrock of society'? Marriage and Family in Twentieth Century Britian: Sources and Approaches
- Britain and Decolonisation since 1945
- Elusive Revolution: New Perspectives on May '68
- This Time Next Year, We'll Be Millionaires: British Society and Culture in the 1980s