History with a Language (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
(BA) History with a Language (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
Entry for 2009
This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
a) to develop knowledge and understanding of the human past
b) to foster awareness and understanding of historical processes which have a direct or indirect bearing on the present
c) to encourage respect for historical context and evidence
d) to reflect critically on differing interpretations of the medium and distant past
e) to impart particular skills and qualities of mind relevant to the discipline of history
f) to satisfy key criteria of historical knowledge and method, including
i) an awareness of span and change over time; ii) understanding of geographical range (focussing particularly on
Britain and Europe); iii)engagement with primary as well as secondary sources; iv)an ability to reflect on the
theoretical underpinnings of the historical discipline; v) to foster an appreciation of the diversity of historical
specialisms (including social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, gender, oral, and environmental history)
g) to satisfy progression requirements by teaching
i) survey history, ii) particular historical topics or short periods, iii) comparative and thematic history,
iv) historiography, v) documentary-based special subjects
h) to develop knowledge and understanding of significant aspects of the culture, developments, artefacts and achievements of Europe and of countries in other continents where French, German, Spanish or Italian are spoken.
i) to offer the opportunity to reflect on the global importance of cultural awareness and intercultural competence
j) to provide the cross-cultural experience of a year spent studying or working abroad, skills and adaptability which gives excellent preparation for future professional life.
Course Learning Outcomes
A Knowledge and Understanding
The successful student will:
(a) have knowledge of some of the most important aspects of Western, and in particular European, history - will be familiar with some major critical approaches to interpretation, and major elements of cultural theory
(b) be able to understand the interdependence between literary-artistic, social-political and scientific-technological developments
(c) be familiar with questions of methodology and historiography associated with the larger developments of Modern Europe
(d) have near-native competence in a European language (other than English)
(e) have detailed knowledge of important works/events from all aspects of European culture (including scientific and technological)
(f) be familiar with some major critical approaches to interpretation, and major elements of cultural theory
B Intellectual Skills
Students successfully completing the programme will:
(a) be able to read, write and communicate in a European language (other than English)
(b) be able to operate on an advanced intellectual level in a European language (other than English)
(c) be able to distil and discuss complex arguments
(d) develop skills for the construction of reasoned arguments
(e) demonstrate rigour, discrimination, independence of mind
(f) demonstrate sensitivity to and tolerance of different points of view.
C Practical Skills
Students successfully completing the programme will be able to demonstrate:
(a) the ability to formulate and articulate arguments in written and oral forms
(b) the capacity to retrieve and utilise information of a diverse nature
(c) organisational skills
(d) the ability to plan and execute projects to deadlines
(e) effective information retrieval and analysis using traditional and e-based media
(f) speaking, writing and understanding a European language (other than English), to a level sufficient for living and working abroad
(g) basic translation between English and another European language
D Transferable skills
Successful students will be able to demonstrate:
(a) the ability to read, write, and express oneself verbally in a variety of modes and registers
(b) organisational, planning and execution skills
(c) the ability to work independently and with others to achieve personal and common goals
(d) communication skills
(e) giving formal presentations to small or large groups
(f) basic translation
(g) IT skills
For information on the composition of this course please see either the on-line Undergraduate prospectus for undergraduate related courses or the on-line Postgraduate prospectus for postgraduate related courses.
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