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, art historians and American studies scholars to reflect on the different ways we can engage with similar types of historical subject matter such as:

  • war
  • empire
  • race
  • gender.

Through the study of photographs to paintings, and manuscripts to manifestos, you’ll become familiar with the central issues faced by scholars when they attempt to uncover and interpret the past. This includes the study of the complexity of historical records and the problematic nature of evidence.

You’ll also learn to:

  • analyse sources critically
  • develop your own critical understanding of the past.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


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

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: