History BA (Hons)

Honours Degree , Full-time

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Key Details

  • 3 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff
  • V100 Course Code
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Overview

Students consistently rank our History degree at Newman as one of the best courses of its type in the UK, scoring 95% overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey. This is because we offer students the chance to tailor their degree to their interests and our small-group teaching and one-to-one tutorials allow our students to flourish. The course offers a range of options that cover two thousand years of political, social, economic and religious history, taking our students from Ancient Rome to modern America.

Why study History?

  • A broad range of study: The opportunity to study modules covering four millennia of human history
  • Outstanding feedback: Consistently ranked as one of the best History degrees in the UK for student satisfaction
  • Small groups: Students are taught in small groups with opportunities for one-to-one tutorials
  • Research-led teaching: Taught by experts who have published in the field
  • Work placement module that offers real-world career experience in relevant fields

 

What does the course cover?

During your first year of study, we introduce you to a wide range of topics. In the first semester, you are introduced to the Ancient World as well as the United States in the 1960s. In semester two, you explore the medieval and early modern world. Alongside these modules are skills sessions that help you settle into university life (source analysis, essay writing, research skills) while also developing graduate skills in the ‘Introduction to Work Related Learning’.

In the second year, you start building your degree to suit your interests and strengths. In addition to core modules on the French Revolution and historical warfare (from the Crusades to Vietnam), we also offer options in social history (‘The Life Cycle’). You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement which will provide you with valuable experience within an area you may be considering for a career.

The final year is where you get to build the degree to your interests. All optional modules are built around staff research interests ranging from Myth and Religion in the Ancient World, the British Civil Wars to the US Civil Rights Movement. Across the whole year is the capstone of the degree: our ten-thousand word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed through coursework essays, source analysis tasks, presentations or timed tasks. The length of our assignments increase as the degree progresses. The capstone of the degree, the dissertation, is a third year module that amounts to ten thousand words.

We know that students need more than just lectures and seminars to perform best in their assignments. Students have the support of tutorials, group activities, study workshops and fieldwork (including the option to study abroad) to hone their skills. Members of the Subject Area are always happy to give individual tutorials and advice on planning, researching and writing assignments.

What careers could I consider?

History graduates go into a wide range of careers because their research skills and ability to articulate their opinion makes them stand out from other candidates in the job market.

Our graduates have gone onto a broad and impressive range of professional careers including primary and secondary teaching, law, heritage and archives, the civil service and the police force. Many have pursued their love of history at postgraduate level.

Our work placement module and our careers’ service allow students to explore career opportunities and develop the necessary skills before they graduate.

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language, are also required.

For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers History (with Foundation Year) which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK/EU students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2020/21 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

Domestic field trips are free of charge to our students. We occasionally run an optional overseas field trip that, while subsidised, does require some financial input from students. For our most recent overseas field trip students were asked to pay £420, and were also expected to cover expenses during their visit (food, drink and tickets for entry to sites).

Students are not expected to purchase any books for this course. All essential reading is available to students digitally through our Moodle portal (either in scanned format, as a link to an article or as an ebook). Other reading for the course is available through the University Library.

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 

 

Additional Information

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Modules

Optional Modules: find out how the University deals with changes that may occur in some eventualities

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

As a full-time undergraduate student, you will study a total of 120 credits each year. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Please note, not all optional modules run every year.  All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits and the dissertation is 40 credits.

  1. AN INTRODUCTION TO HISTORY AT UNIVERSITY
    (Compulsory) hsu401
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

     

    This module will introduce the study of history at university. Students will explore the skills needed to study the past, and what skills are needed to examine what historians have written about the past. It will discuss the development of universities and the formation of student identity. Emphasis will be placed on the process of essay writing, developing independent research and analysing primary evidence.

     

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 48.00 Independent   : 152.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop an understanding of universities and the formation of student identity

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary evidence relating to the developments of universities and/or student identity

    • Foster understanding of relevant theoretical concepts and themes of university and student identity

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Identify and evaluate relevant historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and assess the historiography relating to the ‘idea’ of a university and student identity

    • Identify and make use of the historical context in which universities developed

    • Analyse and use relevant historical evidence

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

     

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (1 hour)

  2. INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT ROME
    (Compulsory) hsu410
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce the study of Ancient Rome. Students will explore key events in Roman history including the fall of the Roman Republic and the early years of the Roman Empire. This will include studying forms of government and democracy, with a particular focus on why ancient Roman democracy failed. Students will also be introduced to the social and cultural history of the period, and guided in the use of a range of primary sources.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop critical understanding of Ancient Roman history.

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary sources of Ancient Rome.

    • Foster understanding of theoretical concepts and themes relating to Ancient Roman history

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Identify and analyse Ancient Roman historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of Ancient Rome

    • Identify and make use of the Ancient Roman historical context

    • Analyse and use relevant historical sources of Ancient Rome

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (1 hour)

  3. INTRODUCTION TO THE GLOBAL SIXTIES
    (Compulsory) hsu411
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce the student to the global 1960s, which is one of the transformative decades of the twentieth century – a time of liberation, activism and counter-culture. Students will look at the emergence of protest and counter-culture in the USA, before turning to less well-known places of contest and protest across the globe. Students will explore the historiography of this topic including the concepts of protest and liberation and question the Western-centric narrative of the decade. Students will also consider a range of historical evidence including oral histories and images.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop an understanding of the global 1960s

    • Identify and engage with the (provided) historiography and primary evidence of the global 1960s

    • Foster an understanding of the global 1960s including themes of protest, contest and revolution in history

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Identify and evaluate the historical themes and problems of the global 1960s, assessing the Western-centric dominant narrative

    • Engage with and assess the (provided) historiography of the 1960s

    • Identify and make use of the historical context of the protests in the 1960s around the globe

    • Analyse and use relevant historical evidence of the global 1960s

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (1 hour)

  4. INTRODUCTION TO HISTORIOGRAPHY
    (Compulsory) hsu414
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce the idea of historiography. Students will explore the ways in which historians have written about the past. It will look at the development of the historical discipline over the course of introductory lectures, which outline some of the major schools of historical thought such as empiricists, structuralists and post-structuralists. Students will be able to select from a choice of topics and work in small groups and identify and engage with the historiography of a specific historical topic (selected from a list of options which may vary from year to year).

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 76.00 Placement   : 100.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop an understanding of the history of history as an academic discipline

    • Identify and engage with the historiography of a specific historical topic (selected from a range of options which may vary from year to year)

    • Foster understanding of theoretical concepts related to the development of historical research such as empirical, structural and post-structural history.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Identify and evaluate historiographical themes and problems

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of a specific topic (selected from a range of options)

    • Identify and make use of the historical context of a specific topic (selected from a range of options)

    • Analyse and use relevant historical evidence about a topic (selected from a range of options)

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Group Presentation (15 minutes)

  5. INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING
    (Compulsory) plu404
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and self-management skills to make informed choices in preparing for work placement and the transition to employment or further study on graduation.  

    Learners will be provided with the opportunities to develop awareness of the workplace, identify different career and study options, recognise and articulate their own experience, accomplishments and talents and plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 12.00 Independent   : 88.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Support students in developing informed choices about the career pathways available to them, in relation to their subject choices.
    • Prepare students for work-based learning and the application / exploration of subject knowledge in the workplace.

    • Encourage students to make connections between their learning, placement choice, future job aspirations and contribution to society.

    • Enable students to build confidence in securing work placements and future employment.

    • Support students in reflecting upon their preparation for their work placement and future employment.  

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to:

    1. Examine how their experiences, accomplishments, and abilities relate to employer expectations.

    2. Demonstrate engagement with, and an understanding of, graduate employment pathways and employability issues relating to their own career aspirations.

    3. Research organisations for the purposes of securing a work placement.

    4. Reflect upon their learning and development.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Reflective Essay and Appendix, 2000 words

  6. INTRODUCTION TO THE LONG TWELFTH CENTURY
    (Compulsory) hsu412
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module introduces the long twelfth century which is one of the most important and well-documented periods of the middle ages. Students will look at the changing role of the church, the evidence for the emergence of our modern nation states and the nature and extent of global exploration. Students will explore the historiography of this topic including the crucial concepts of renaissance, reformation and nationality. It will also consider a range of primary evidence including chronicles, hagiographies and charters.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop an understanding of the long twelfth-century

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary evidence of the long twelfth century

    • Foster understanding of the long twelfth century theoretical concepts of renaissance, reformation and nationality in history

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Identify and evaluate the long twelfth-century historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of the long twelfth century

    • Identify and make use of the long twelfth century historical context

    • Analyse and use relevant historical evidence of the long twelfth century

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (1 hour)

  7. INTRODUCTION TO EARLY MODERN BRITAIN AND IRELAND
    (Compulsory) hsu413
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module is designed to provide students with a general introduction to the history of the early modern era, tracing the transformation of peoples, nations and cultures from the tremendous cultural explosions of the Reformations to the wars that engulfed the territories of Britain and Ireland in the middle of the seventeenth century. The module will equip students with knowledge to understand the profound social, religious and political transformations of the period.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop critical understanding of the early modern world

    • Identify historiography and primary sources relating to early modern history

    • Foster understanding of early modern theoretical concepts / themes of [political, social, religious and military history

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Identify and evaluate a broad range of early modern historical themes and problems

    • Engage the historiography of the early modern period

    • Identify and make use of the early modern historical context

    • Analyse and use relevant historical sources relating to the early modern period

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (1 hour)

  1. WORK RELATED LEARNING
    (Compulsory) plu512
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This year-long module offers learners the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for the learner’s role on placement, with the learner. Students complete 100 hours in the work setting. The learner will reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting. This module provides an opportunity for students wishing to attain National Professional recognition with the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) to complete an AMTLA project. The module will also provide the opportunity for those students interested in going on to the PGCE programme to gain support and guidance with the PGCE application process.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 0.00 Independent   : 0.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 0.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Encourage students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing their own placement/work experience in a workplace setting.
    • Encourage students to work constructively with their workplace supervisor and university placement tutor, taking ownership of the placement/work experience and of their independent learning throughout.
    • Enable students to negotiate the relationship between academic theory and their understanding of workplace settings and their roles within those settings.
    • Encourage students to reflect critically on their experiences.
    • Encourage students to produce a reflective digital resource aimed at an external audience, to contribute towards work and study transitions.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to:

    1. Secure, negotiate and undertake a specific role in a workplace setting.
    2. Evaluate features of the workplace setting and their role within it.
    3. Critically evaluate the learning opportunities provided by the workplace experience and understand that learning will benefit current and lifelong learning, values and future employability.
    4. Present a creatively engaging argument within an appropriate digital medium for an external audience, which critically reflects upon an issue or interrelating issues affecting the workplace setting.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - Placement Registration Form

    Component 2 - 60% Work Placement Reflection (2500 words)

    Component 3 - 40% Work Placement Evaluation: Digital Resource (1500 words)

  2. USING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE
    (Compulsory) hsu513
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce the ways in which historians use evidence. It will explore some important categories of analysis such as gender, social status, ethnicity and consider how these concepts have affected the interpretation of historical evidence. It will look at the development of relevant categories over the course of some introductory lectures. Students will be able to select from a choice of topics and work in small groups as they become familiar with a specific type of historical evidence.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 76.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop critical understanding of the uses of historical evidence

    • Identify and engage with the historical evidence related to a specific topic (selected from a range of options which may vary from year to year)

    • Foster understanding of the categories of analysis which have been applied to historical evidence.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate the themes and problems connected to historical evidence

    • Engage with and assess a variety of categories of analysis applicable to the historical evidence related to a specific topic (selected from a range of options)

    • Identify and make use of the historical context of a specific topic (selected from a range of options)

    • Analyse and use relevant historical evidence of a specific topic (selected from a range of options)

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Essay (2500 words)

  3. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEON
    (Compulsory) hsu511
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce the student to a formative event in world history: the French Revolution and its Napoleonic aftermath.  We will investigate the global origins and consequences of the French Revolution and analyse why it constitutes the birth of modern politics. We will explore the lively historiography of this topic as well as the individuals and social groups who played particular roles in the revolutionary experience. The student will also engage with the varied debates about why the revolution began as well as a wide range of reading primary sources in translation.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop critical understanding of the French Revolution and Napoleon

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary sources of the French Revolution and Napoleon

    • Foster understanding of French Revolutionary and Napoleonic theoretical concepts and themes of social, cultural, and political history

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate French Revolutionary and Napoleonic historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of the French Revolution and Napoleon

    • Identify and make use of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic historical context

    • Analyse and use relevant historical sources of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2500 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  4. LIFE COURSE: ANCIENT GREECE
    (Optional) hsu515
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    In this module, students will explore the life course in Ancient Greece. Students will look at how different people’s lives unfolded from birth to death, considering various different factors (citizenship, gender, sexuality etc.) had an impact on an Ancient Greek person’s life course. During the module, students will also be introduced to some major themes in ancient Greek history, particularly (but not limited to) the history of Classical Athens and Sparta.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop critical understanding of Ancient Greek cultural history

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary sources of Ancient Greece

    • Foster understanding of theoretical concepts and themes relating to the history of ancient Greece and to ancient Greek cultural history

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate ancient Greek historical themes and problems

    • Evaluate and assess the historiography of Ancient Greek history

    • Identify and evaluate Ancient Greek historical context

    • Analyse and evaluate relevant historical sources of Ancient Greece

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2500 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  5. LIFE COURSE: EARLY MODERN BRITAIN
    (Optional) hsu516
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module provides an insight into the day-to-day lives of men and women in early-modern England. Building on the introduction to early modern history in first year, the module develops student understanding of social and cultural history in the early modern period. Students will examine different aspects of the lifecycle in the early modern parish - from birth in the first week to death and post-mortem rituals in the final session. Students will get to explore different historiographical debates on the family and emotion while analysing primary sources recording some of the most intimate details of early-modern life.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop critical understanding of early modern English social history

    • Identify and critically engage with historiography and primary sources

    • Foster understanding of the early-modern life cycle through theoretical concepts / themes of social and cultural history

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and critically evaluate relevant historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of the life cycle and social dynamics of early modern England

    • Analyse and use relevant historical sources of the social and religious aspects of early modern English history

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument that appreciates the detailed contours of the field

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2500 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  6. HISTORY DISSERTATION PREPARATION
    (Compulsory) hsu514
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    In this module the student will be introduced to the History Dissertation. We will discuss methods and theories of studying the past, and hold small group discussions exploring historiography. This module will prepare students for the dissertation. Students will choose their dissertation topic and have discussions with their proposed supervisor.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 76.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop critical understanding of the development of historical scholarship of a chosen historical topic

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary evidence of a chosen historical topic

    • Foster understanding of the theoretical concepts most relevant to your study of a chosen historical topic

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of a chosen historical topic

    • Identify and make use of the historical context

    • Analyse and use relevant historical evidence of a chosen historical topic  

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Essay (2500 words)

  7. MEDIEVAL WARFARE: CRUSADES
    (Compulsory) hsu517
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module is based on a critical engagement with the historical experience and representation of warfare. Students will use the case study of the medieval crusades to explore the ways in which warfare has been presented as a central component of human history. Students will look at the significance of the crusades in the wider context of the medieval world by exploring issues such as the contested explanations for the conflicts, the varying perspectives of combatants and the contemporary and historical representation of the crusades. It will explore the historiography of this topic including crucial concepts such as holy war and chivalry. It will also consider a range of historical sources including written, archaeological and material evidence.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop critical understanding of the crusades

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary evidence of the crusades

    • Foster understanding of the themes of cultural and religious conflict in the context of medieval warfare

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate the crusades historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of the crusades

    • Identify and make use of the crusades’ historical context

    • Analyse and use relevant historical evidence of the crusades

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Individual Oral Presentation (10 minutes)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  8. MODERN WARFARE: VIETNAM
    (Compulsory) hsu518
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module offers students a critical engagement with the historical experience and representation of warfare. We will use the case study of the Vietnam War to explore the ways in which warfare has been presented as a central component of human history. Students will look at the significance of the Vietnam War in the wider context of the Cold War and the twentieth century by exploring issues such as the contested explanations for US involvement in the war, the varying perspectives of combatants and the contemporary and historical representation of the Vietnam War. We will explore the historiography of this topic including crucial concepts such as race and imperialism. Students will also consider a range of historical sources including written and visual evidence.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop critical understanding of the Vietnam War

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary evidence of the Vietnam War

    • Foster understanding of themes of race and the domestic and international aspects of warfare

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate the historical themes and problems of the Vietnam War

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of the Vietnam War

    • Identify and make use of the Cold War historical context

    • Analyse and use relevant historical sources relating to the US and Vietnam, 1945-1975

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Individual Oral Presentation (10 minutes)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  1. DISSERTATION
    (Compulsory) hsu601
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This is a 40-credit module taken completed over both semesters. Students will work closely with a supervisor to research, plan and construct a piece of historical writing on a chosen topic or theme.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 14.00 Independent   : 382.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 396.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop a deep critical understanding of a chosen historical topic

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary evidence of a historical topic

    • Foster understanding of theoretical concepts or historical themes relevant to a chosen historical topic

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and critically evaluate historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and evaluate the historiography of a chosen historical topic

    • Identify and make use of historical context

    • Critically analyse and use relevant historical evidence of a chosen historical topic

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Dissertation (10,000 words)

  2. PERSONALITY AND DISORDER IN 12TH CENTURY ENGLAND
    (Optional) hsu611
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module focuses on twelfth-century England, particularly the years 1135-1154. The period known as the anarchy was a civil war which was noted by contemporaries for its violence and lawlessness. This was, and continues to be, blamed on the personalities of two rival claimants to the English throne: Matilda and Stephen. By focusing on the anarchy in England students will be able to explore and critique the grand narratives of European historiography, such as the formation of the individual during the twelfth-century renaissance and the breakdown of public order which characterised the post-Carolingian period. Students will also make close use of contemporary chronicle evidence.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop a deep critical understanding of twelfth-century England

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary sources of the anarchy period

    • Foster understanding of theoretical concepts themes of leadership, personality and memory in the specific historical circumstances of the twelfth-century civil war

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and critically evaluate twelfth-century historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and critically assess the historiography of the anarchy period

    • Identify and make use of the twelfth-century historical context

    • Analyse and use relevant historical sources of twelfth-century England

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2500 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  3. THE BRITISH CIVIL WARS 1638-1660 (SUBJECT TO VALIDATION)
    (Optional) hsu615
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module covers a fundamentally important period in the political and cultural development of Britain - the Civil Wars of 1638-1651 and the subsequent Interregnum. It will allow students to focus on an in-depth study of twenty-two years of conflict within the British Isles. Students will explore the narrative of the conflicts themselves, the manner in which the conflicts subtly altered the ways England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales related to one another as well as the radical social, political and religious ideas developed along the way.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop a deep critical understanding of the British Civil Wars

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary sources relating to the mid-seventeenth century

    • Foster understanding of British seventeenth-century history, theoretical concepts and themes of political, religious and social aspects of the conflict

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and critically evaluate relevant historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of the British Wars and Interregnum

    • Identify and make use of the Historical context of Britain and Ireland in the middle of the seventeenth century

    • Analyse and use relevant historical sources relating to the Civil Wars

    • Present a clear, sustained and coherent central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2500 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  4. SLAVERY AND ABOLITION IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD (SUBJECT TO VALIDATION)
    (Optional) hsu616
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module surveys the British and French systems of colonial slavery and the dramatic events which led to abolition. We will explore eighteenth century British and French colonial empires in the Caribbean, the Atlantic slave trade, and the various routes to liberation. The student will investigate the revolutionary independence movement on the French island of Saint Domingue as well as other slave revolts and the various metropolitan abolition campaigns. We will survey the historiography on this topic as well as the lively debate around why slavery was abolished. The student will also engage with a wide range of historical evidence including eyewitness accounts, life narratives and letters as well as online databases on the slave trade and slave ownership.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop a deep critical understanding of Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World

    • Identify and critically engage with historiography and primary sources of Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World

    • Foster understanding of theoretical concepts relating to Slavery and Abolition and themes of social, political and economic history

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate Slavery and Abolition historical themes and problems

    • Engage with and critically assess the historiography of British and French Slavery and Abolition

    • Identify and make use of the eighteenth and nineteenth century historical context

    • Analyse and use relevant historical sources of Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (2500 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  5. MYTH AND RELIGION IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
    (Optional) hsu606
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce the student to the study of myth and religion in the ancient world. Students will examine theoretical approaches to myth and religion in ancient Greece and Rome, including theories on the nature of myth and aspects of ancient religious practice.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop a deep critical understanding of ancient myth and religion

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary sources of ancient myth and religion

    • Foster understanding of theoretical concepts and themes relating to ancient myth and religion

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Critically evaluate historical themes and problems relating to ancient myth and religion

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of ancient myth and religion

    • Critically evaluate the historical context of ancient Greek and Roman myth and religion

    • Critically evaluate relevant historical sources relating to ancient myth and religion

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Individual Oral Presentation (15 minutes)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  6. BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE
    (Optional) hsu610
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    We will be exploring the development of race relations and civil rights struggles in twentieth century America. During the module, students will engage with themes and concepts including race and whiteness, class, gender, the rise and fall of protest and the new conservatism. We will be making extensive use of primary source material – including music, newspapers and pamphlets, diaries and images. Students will also explore key historiographical debates relating to race and civil rights. Students will also discuss the context of the era, including life under Jim Crow and in Cold War America.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop a deep critical understanding of race, racism and civil rights struggles in modern America

    • Identify and engage with historiography and primary evidence relating to race and civil rights

    • Foster understanding of theoretical concepts including the construction of race and ethnicity, and the constructed memory of the era

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate historical themes and problems related to race and civil rights

    • Engage with and assess the historiography of race and racism in modern America

    • Identify and make use of the historical context of twentieth century America

    • Analyse and use relevant historical evidence of racism and rights struggles

    • Present a clear and sustained central argument

    • Communicate clearly, effectively and with appropriate referencing

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Individual Oral Presentation (15 minutes)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  7. RELIGIOUS TRANSFORMATIONS IN LATE ANTIQUITY 300 CE-750CE
    (Optional) thu618
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

     

    This module explores the religious transformations that occurred around the Mediterranean in the years between 200 and 800 CE. It will draw together texts and material culture to trace the histories of Christianity, Judaism and Islam through this period, contextualising them within wider social, cultural, and religious developments. During the module you will be introduced to the different interpretations of modern readers and to the varied ways that the history of Late Antique religion is also a history of the present.

     

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • develop a sound, accurate and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the beliefs, practices, traditions, texts and history of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

    • engage critically with the subject of the interaction between religions and society, culture, politics and ethics.

    • analyse critically and from a variety of perspectives primary religious and philosophical texts.

    • develop a sensitivity to the complexity of religious and philosophical language and experience.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • understand how the religions of Late Antiquity interacted with wider society, culture, politics, and ethics;

    • critically interpret sources from Late Antiquity (for example, texts, material artefacts, and archaeological data) and apply these sources to wider theological and historical themes;

    • read, discuss, and critically compare sources from the Late Antique world, differentiating them and relating them to wider society, culture, politics and ethics;

    • evaluate secondary sources and judge the different positions taken in them;

    • formulate their own informed and critical response to the material studied in the session;

    • work together and individually to communicate the results of these activities orally and in writing at the required graduate level.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Portfolio (4000 words)

  8. VIRTUES AND VALUES
    (Optional) thu604
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module enables you to explore the ways in which ancient ideas of virtues and values have been reasserted and recast by twentieth and twenty-first century philosophers. By engaging with ancient Greek texts you will have the opportunity to critically assess some of the ethical ideals upheld by this literature, such as Homer’s warrior-hero Achilles, Aeschylus’ tragic hero Agamemnon and Plato’s transcendent Forms. Evaluating the ways in which these accounts of virtue have been fundamental in shaping more modern perceptions of what it means to lead a good life found in, for example, Iris Murdoch’s account of the Good, Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist writings, and Martha Nussbaum’s insights about moral luck and tragic dilemmas will encourage you to critique the ideas of justice and good character promoted by our own contemporary culture.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Deepen the students’ understanding of some of the most important ancient Greek thinkers.

    • Foster an awareness of the role of context and culture in the development of ancient Greek thought.

    • Develop the students’ understanding of how some of the key themes and ideas from ancient Greek philosophy have been appropriated, critiqued and developed by contemporary philosophers.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the thought of key ancient Greek thinkers

    • Analyse and evaluate the influence of Greek ideas on contemporary philosophers

    • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the role of context and culture in the development of ancient Greek thought

    • Engage confidently with and critique the thought of key ancient Greek and twentieth century philosophers.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 40% Essay (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 60% Assignment in Negotiated Format (2500 words equivalent)

Student Profile

Scarlett Hall
History student

The content of the History course was what originally attracted me to Newman. I have a broad range of historical interests and the variety of modules offered across many periods of history really appealed to me. I attended an Open Day to find out more about the University and after applying attended an Applicant Visit Day. On both occasions I got an impression of a friendly, close-knit learning community from the academic staff I met.

Scarlett Hall, History student