Making History A (V1000)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This module introduces the different ways in which we can approach and understand the past in order to illuminate and enrich our understanding of the present. It adopts a thematic approach, drawing together perspectives from historians, philosophers, art historians and American Studies scholars to reflect on the different ways we can engage with similar types of historical subject matter including war, empire, race and gender.

Through your study of a wide variety of texts and objects—from photographs to paintings, manuscripts to manifestos--you will become familiar with the central issues faced by scholars when they attempt to uncover and interpret the past - particularly the complexity of the historical record and the problematic nature of evidence. You will also learn how to analyse sources critically and to develop your own critical understanding of the past.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group submission (written), Professional log)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 117 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.