HI2105: Case Studies in Research Skills

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Mervyn O'Driscoll, School of History.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of History.
Module Objective: To study historical methodology and interpretation with particular attention to the use of primary sources in the writing of history.
Module Content: Lecturers are assigned a small group (if possible, no more than 15 per group) for intensive tuition in historical sources and methods. The core of this module will be an historiographical and methodological study of a major historical work, and/or of the work of a major historian, and/or a set of sources.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in critical analysis of modern historical writing.
  • Present a critique of the methods employed in interpreting a particular set of historical sources.
  • Explain the relationship between primary source material and historical interpretation in relation to the case studied in class.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the way in which history writing is related to historiographical debate with reference to the specific case studied in class.
  • Relate this work, historian or set of sources to relevant historical issues, concepts, dates, figures, evidence and historiographical debates.
  • Acquire and apply a range of skills associated with research, writing, analysis, argument, evaluation of sources and historiography to produce a mid-length critical essay at the appropriate level.
  • Effectively deliver a short oral presentation related to his/her essay.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word Critique to be submitted in Semester 1 on a date prescribed by the School: 80 marks; Oral Presentation: 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% It is obligatory to (a) attend at least two-thirds of scheduled case study classes and (b) give an oral presentation to the class on the case-study. Both of these requirements are a pre-requisite for the marking of the critique. Students who fail to fulfil either of these requirements will be required to repeat the assessment in the autumn with their overall mark capped at 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (students failing Oral Presentation must submit a 1,500 word essay on a prescribed topic. Students failing the critique must submit a 3,000 word critique. Both must be submitted in the autumn on a date prescribed by the School).

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