During the course of their study at Leeds Trinity, Single Honours History Students gain both a breadth of knowledge of periods and themes within History and an in-depth understanding of specific topics. The programme is progressive, and builds year-on-year:
Students are guided to understand how evidence is used, and, by examining historical content, to construct a ‘map’ of the past. Students address a range of ethical issues, and have opportunities to explore those issues via active learning exercises, using digital sources and debate, as well as beginning to engage in Professional development in the Placement. During level 4, students develop understandings and skills of hypothesis formulation and providing explanation by examining the work of other historians and using that to construct their own arguments, and gain structured practical experience by understanding a source-based case study such as Victorian Leeds. They are also introduced to concepts such as causation, change and continuity through a module, for example, which might cover 2,000-years of British history. There is exploration of different types of history, e.g. environmental, cultural, social, 'race', both via geographical range and via History in depth: for example, Modern World History alongside the exploration of a very focused topic such as the French Revolution, which ricocheted around the world.
Students utilize the insights and experience gained as they move to the practice of History and greater independence. In Level 5 the core modules, e.g. focused on the Witch Craze, Victorian Working Women, or The Body in Early Modern Britain, develop the critical approach to sources, the planning of research strategies, execution of research in testing hypotheses, and the writing up of findings. Students further reinforce their learning of how historical enquiry is undertaken by historians through a study of historiographical case studies like Imperialism, Early-Modern Women, or the Renaissance. Students also work with primary sources and use these, with tutor guidance, to undertake research. Both independent research and historiographical skills are reinforced through the core Making History, which forms a grounding in the skills required for the students’ Level 6 Dissertation/research Report. Students engage with the subject using digital skills and quantitative methods, as well as gaining a wider experience of the varieties of History, and continue to develop their Professional skills through the second Placement.
Students address the objectives listed above at a more integrated and advanced level. The Special Subject enables students, through a sustained in-depth study on, e.g. Evolution and Victorian Culture, or Representations of the Medieval, to practise and to be critical of their own work and the work of other historians. Students undertake a sustained piece of individual research in the form of the Dissertation or the History Research Report.