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Module Types 2014/15

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 2 and 7 out of 8 to progress to year 3. In total, to qualify for a classified BA (Hons) degree those on 3-year programmes must complete all 12 units and pass 11; those on 4-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

Introductory modules are taken by all first-year single honours students. The History Department runs three introductory modules:

HIST1006: Writing 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 Courses 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 50% of the assessment), and will make a formal oral presentation of those findings (assessed by the teachers 40%, and by their peers 10%).

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 2 (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%).

HIST6xxx Survey Modules (1.0 cu)

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 two coursework essays of 2,500 words each (25%) and one 3-hour examination (75%). In addition, teachers may require students to make other contributions, such as additional pieces of unassessed written work or oral presentations.

Second-Year Core Modules

HIST2900 Research Seminar (0.5 cu)

Comprises ten 2-hour seminars (of c. 15 students) in term 1, 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 submitted at the end of term 2.

HIST2008 Evolving History (0.5 cu) supplements and complements HIST1008

Is taught by weekly 2-hour lectures in term 2, addressing key developments in the discipline of history from the ancient to the modern world. This course 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.

HIST2xxx Thematic Modules (1.0 cu)

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’ courses 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

HIST3xxx/HIST9xxx Special Subject Modules (2.0 cu) 

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 one unit (examination only), with the compulsory HIST9902 10,000-word dissertation. Finalists may choose their Special Subject from the menu of ‘Group 3’ courses available from other colleges. See www.history.ac.uk/syllabus/intercollegiate-courses for details.

Free-standing 10,000-word Essay (HIST9901)

In certain circumstances, a final-year student may be allowed to write a 10,000 word free-standing essay as one course unit. This can only be done in addition to, and not instead of, a Special Subject dissertation. Students wishing to take this option should return an application form (available from the Academic Office), with an outline of the proposed project, to the Departmental Tutor by the start of the preceding summer term.

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 course taken by the student.

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