Module Types 2015/16
Undergraduate modules at UCL are given a weighted value from 0.5 to 2 units. Full-time students normally take 4 units each year. They must pass 3 out of 4 units to progress to year two and 7 out of 8 to progress to year three. In total, to qualify for a classified BA (Hons) degree those on three year programmes must complete all 12 units and pass 11; those on four year programmes must complete all 16 units and pass 14.5.
The History Department offers various types of module, differing in subject matter and method of teaching. Together they contribute to meeting the aims and objectives outlined above. For each degree programme, there are a certain number of compulsory modules.
Introductory modules are taken by all first year single honours students. The History Department runs the below introductory modules:
HIST1006: Writing History (0.5 cu), Autumn Term
HIST1009: Writing Ancient History (0.5 cu), Autumn Term
HIST1007: Making History (0.5 cu), Autumn Term
HIST1008: Concepts, Categories, and the Practice of History (1.0 cu), Spring Term
HIST1006 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. Assessment is based on a variety of short preparatory tasks (25%) and the final revised version of the 2,500 word coursework essay (75%).
HIST1009 is for students on the BA Ancient History and BA Ancient History & Egyptology programmes only. It 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. Assessment is based on a variety of short preparatory tasks (25%) and the final revised version of the 2,500 word coursework essay (75%).
HIST1007 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%).
HIST1008 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%).
These generally provide an overview of a large geographical region and/or a long time span and are taught over two terms, normally by weekly 1-hour lectures and discussion classes (of c. 15 students). Students are usually allocated to discussion classes at the first lecture. Assessment is by one coursework essay of 2,500 words (25%) and one 3-hour examination (75%). In addition, tutors may require students to make other contributions, such as additional pieces of unassessed written work or oral presentations.
Second Year Core Modules
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.
HIST2008 Evolving History (0.5 cu) supplements and complements HIST1008.
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.
These modules, aimed at second-year students and normally taught by weekly 2-hour seminars (of c. 15 students), typically examine a particular historical theme in detail. Assessment is now two coursework essays of 2,500 words each (50%) and one 3-hour examination 50%). As with HIST6xxx modules, teachers may require students to make other unassessed contributions. Second-year students may take a module of this type from the menu of ‘Group 2’ modules available from other colleges. See www.history.ac.uk/syllabus/intercollegiate-courses for details.
HIST7xxx Advanced Seminar Modules (0.5 cu)
These are one-term seminar modules, for second and final-year students, covering a diverse range of periods, regions and historical approaches. The vast majority of such courses are assessed by two 2,500 word coursework essays (rarely by one essay and a 1.5-hour examination).
Final Year Core Module
All single honours students take a Special Subject in their final-year. These examine a historical topic in detail using primary as well as secondary sources. They are taught in weekly 2-hour seminar classes over two terms. There may be a preliminary meeting during the summer term of the previous academic year and students are often expected to undertake some preparatory reading during the summer vacation.
Special Subjects are normally assessed by one 3-hour examination and one long essay of 10,000 words. Additional unassessed coursework and/or student presentations may also be required. BA Ancient History & Egyptology students may take the taught element of an ancient history Special Subject for 1 unit (examination only), with the compulsory HIST9902 10,000 word dissertation. Finalists may choose their Special Subject from the menu of ‘Group 3’ modules available from other colleges. See www.history.ac.uk/syllabus/intercollegiate-courses for details.
HIST9901 Free-standing 10,000 word Dissertation (1.0 cu)
In certain circumstances, a final year student may be allowed to write a 10,000 word free-standing dissertation as 1 course unit. This can be taken instead of, as well as in addition to, a Special Subject dissertation. Students wishing to take this option should return an application form (available on this link), with an outline of the proposed project, to the Departmental Tutor (Learning) by 1 June 2015.
Applications will only be considered from students who have a majority of marks of at least upper-second class standard on units already taken. The topic of the essay must not overlap significantly with any other module taken by the student.
To find out which modules you are required to undertake during each year of your programme of study, please refer to the ‘module choices’ tab and select the applicable year of study.
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