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Researching Economic And Social History 1 ESH4009

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is compulsory for all Junior Honours students of Economic and Social History. It is designed to provide help and training in key skills, extending work conducted in Levels 1 and 2, in the areas of research and presentation. It provides students with valuable experience of project-based group work.


One RESH Reading Party (Away Day format)

Two formal one-hour meetings of the entire RESH 1 class.

Five one-hour meetings with project group supervisor.

A series of independent meetings with the other student members of your project group.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Honours in Economic and Social History


One group project, using a range of primary sources and incorporating quantitative information. (6,500 words for groups of three students; 8,000 for groups of four. Smaller or larger groups will be assigned proportional word counts.)


One group presentation, based on the project. Students are marked on the presentation both individually and as a group. (15mins for groups of three students; 20mins for groups of four. Smaller or larger groups will be assigned proportional times). 


One peer and self-assessment mark: each student completes an anonymous form assessing the performance of each member of their group, including themselves. The marks awarded to each student are averaged.


Each student must also submit a personal log-book, and each group must submit minutes of their meetings. These are not awarded marks but are required for full credit.


The final grade is calculated as follows:

Overall project mark (0.8x + 0.2y) = 70% of final grade

Overall presentation mark (0.7a + 0.3b) = 30% of final grade



x = group project mark

y = peer & self assessment mark

a = mark for student's contribution to the presentation

b = overall mark for group presentation 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable


Course Aims

■ To develop historiography and bibliographical skills.

■ To develop analytical skills in using primary sources and organising research findings effectively in written and oral presentations.

■ To build teamwork and encourage a reflective approach and self-directed learning through group-working on a project and on a presentation

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Produce a group research project of 6,500-8,000 words depending on number of students in a group (generally 3 or 4), demonstrating skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis, and competence in two or more forms of computing software.

■ Deliver an effective oral presentation, in a group, displaying confidence and competence in integrating academic material with a variety of learning aids.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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