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MA History

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • HPH-4005: Themes and issues in History (20)
    The module will introduce you to current debates and important areas of research in historical discipline. These will include themes such as history and postmodernism, cultural history, gender, class, urban history, national identity, religious history. The selected topics will provide case-studies for understanding of changes in intellectual fashion, e.g. the shift from Marxism and Feminism to Postmodernism. We aim at allowing you to have a good awareness of historical debates, issues and shifting paradigms. Seminars will look at individual themes and historical approaches to these. Individual members of staff will usually focus on their particular period or topic of expertise, using it as a case-study; however, in the list of reading you will have a broader selection of literature that covers earlier and modern periods.
  • HPH-4025: Disseminating Research (20)

Semester 2

credits from:

  • HPH-4075: Dissertation (60) (Semester 3) Core
    The MA dissertation will set the chosen research in its broader context e.g. historiography, theoretical framework, geographical and historical framework. It will set research questions and a structure will be worked out. It will describe and analyse the chosen topic using a range of relevant secondary and primary evidence. The project will be written up in an ordered manner that conforms with conventions set out in the Style Sheet provided for MA students.

20 credits from:

  • HPH-4006: Documents and sources Med&EMod (20) (Semester 1)
    The course will examine a wide range of medieval and early modern genres of historical sources, including charters, records of central government, historians of medieval England and Wales, probate records, legal records, sources for parliament, visual sources, pamphlets.
  • HPH-4007: Documents and Sources - Modern (20) (Semester 1)
    This module will introduce students to a variety of sources and documents essential in the research of modern history, including population sources, visual evidence, newspapers and journals, novels, social surveys, personal sources (diaries and autobiographies).
  • Studetsn must chose the Medeival and Early Modern option or the Modern option

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

  • HPW-4000: Age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (40) (Semester 2)
    This course will deal with the history of Wales during the age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) (c.1170-1240), focusing not only on Llywelyn himself but also on broader political, ecclesiastical, social and cultural developments in Wales during his lifetime. It will use a variety of sources in order to investigate Llywelyn's career as prince of Gwynedd within a wider context, both Welsh and European, and encourage critical evaluation of the ways that different genres of evidence offer differing perspectives. Attention will also be given to historiographical developments in the study of Wales in this period. Topics for discussion will include: Llywelyn's rise to power in Gwynedd, and his attempts to create a broader hegemony over other parts of Wales; relations with the English crown, especially John and Henry III; developments in other Welsh principalities and the Marcher lordships; Llywelyn's marriage to King John's daughter, Joan; the prince's acta; relations with the Church, including the patronage of religious houses; developments in native Welsh law; court poetry of the period.
  • HPH-4001: National identities 1660-1800 (40) (Semester 2)
    Concepts of national identity; the ‘British problem’; foundations of national identity in the period 1660-1800; politics, identity and the three kingdoms in the restoration era; Jacobite and Williamite patriotisms after 1688; national identities and the Anglo-Scots union of 1707; identities in eighteenth-century Ireland; ‘Englishness’ and the development of English nationalism in the eighteenth-cetury; the concept of ‘Britishness’ in the Georgian era; American identities in the run-up to the American revolution; concepts of race and providence in British imperial expansion.
  • HPH-4027: The Inner City (40) (Semester 2)
  • Students must choose one of the 40 credit special options