In your first year, you will study the foundations of historical scholarship by:
• understanding change and continuity, impact, and periodization, and how to use them critically.
• studying historical evidence, including textual, visual, and material primary sources, and how to critique them.
• looking at the nature of historical debate, and how and why historians argue with each other.
• using different approaches to studying history such as micro- and macro-history, gender history, grassroots ‘history from below, the history of the body and sexuality, and science, technology and medicine.
In your second year, your skills will be put to use in the study of particular themes, as you learn to become an independent historian in your own right. You will gain greater freedom to define your own particular topics of study, and you will engage in in-depth analysis of periods and events, using more advanced historical approaches and methods. You will learn how to analyse historical statistics and to present your findings in sophisticated visual formats.
In your final year you will undertake independent study, drawing upon your knowledge and skills acquired in the previous two years. You will work with a dissertation supervisor on an extended piece of research of your own choosing. You will engage in cutting-edge historical analysis, working alongside your lecturers as they explain the latest developments in their research specialisms. There are also a range of options, covering such areas as the history of political thought; the development of the complex interrelationship between science and religion; the nature of the modern media; environmental history; the development of modern international relations, and debates about contemporary freedom of speech
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: