Stories About The Past (And How We Tell Them) HIST4133

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to the theories of history in a user-friendly way, combining theory with practice in a hands-on programme. The course will not aim to be comprehensive in terms of either theoretical approaches or practical applications - the topics chosen will reflect the research and teaching expertise of contributing staff. Examples of topics will include: gender and history, myth and memory, anthropology, autobiography, history as literature, material culture, and witchcraft.


Two one-hour sessions per week; This is one of the honours options in History and may not run every year

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes

Excluded Courses



One journal 20%; one oral seminar paper (800 words) to 10%; 1 x 120minutes duration exam in April/May diet 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? 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 modules are as follows:
1. The development of the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years.
2. Awareness of previously unfamiliar methodologocal approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options.
3. To offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness.
4. Familiarity with complex historical debates and interpretations, skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research.
5. The development of transferable dkills by fosstering individual initiative, personal choices, group discussion, and where appropriate, problem-solving team work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having undertaken this module students will:
(i) Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of a variety of conceptual approaches relevant to the study of the past
(ii) Demonstrate in written work the ability to apply these approaches to specific historical contexts
(iii) Demonstrate familiarity with, and application of, a range of tools and skills utlised by historians

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.