The Place Of New England In American History And Culture HIST4034

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The aims common to all the Department's Honours Special Subjects are as follows:

?to prepare students for independent and original analysis of a complex range of evidence, including source materials, thereby developing intellectual skills which will be of benefit in a wide range of careers.
?to show students how a professional historian works.
?to familiarise students, through source-criticism, with a wide range of problems of interpretation arising from different usages of language, underlying meanings and intentions, differing standards of objectivity, and the variety of purpose and intent associated with historical evidence (written, visual or other).
?to ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is fully recognised.
?to encourage students to develop the confidence, imagination, skills and self-discipline required to master a similarly demanding brief in the future, whether in historical research or in any sphere or employment where these qualities are valuable.

Timetable

The class will meet twice a week across both semesters

Assessment

Essay x 2 (10% each) seminar work, including oral presentation and contribution x 2 (3%) and two exam papers (one in morning and one in afternoon) in April/May diet

Are reassessment opportunities normally available? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours Special Subjects are as follows:

?to prepare students for independent and original analysis of a complex range of evidence, including source materials, thereby developing intellectual skills which will be of benefit in a wide range of careers.
?to show students how a professional historian works.
?to familiarise students, through source-criticism, with a wide range of problems of interpretation arising from different usages of language, underlying meanings and intentions, differing standards of objectivity, and the variety of purpose and intent associated with historical evidence (written, visual or other).
?to ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is fully recognised.
?to encourage students to develop the confidence, imagination, skills and self-discipline required to master a similarly demanding brief in the future, whether in historical research or in any sphere or employment where these qualities are valuable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this particular Special Subject students should be able to achieve the following outcomes:

-to demonstrate thorough knowledge of key events in New England history, as well as the ways in which these events have shaped subsequent regional development
-to utilize a multifaceted approach to the consideration of New England, incorporating economic, social, intellectual, and cultural histories of a variety of places and peoples
-to demonstrate the influence of both historiographic and popular interpretations of New England history and culture
-to use a broad range of primary source material, including textual, visual, and material documents, as evidence for the development of New England, as expressed in well-argued essays, oral presentations, and examination answers

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.