Modules for course V1AR | MA/HIST
MA History

This is a provisional list of modules to be offered on this course in the 2019–20 academic year.

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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.

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 2)
    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).
  • Students must choose the Medieval and Early Modern option or the Modern option

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

  • HPS-4001: Society Pol & Hist Karl Marx (30) (Semester 1)
  • HPS-4002: Antisemitism & the Holocaust (20) (Semester 1)
  • HPS-4005: Work Placement (20) (Semester 1)
  • HPS-4007: National Identities 1600-1800 (20) (Semester )
  • HPS-4008: Age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (20) (Semester 1)
  • HPS-4009: Normandy under the Normans (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXS-4064: Nationalism and Minorities (20) (Semester 2)
    The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will examine the general theoretical arguments and approaches concerning nationalism, ethnicity, minority rights and multiculturalism. The second part will be devoted to specific types and examples of cultural diversity focusing on minority nationalisms, linguistic minorities, post-immigrant minorities, indigenous peoples, as well as their relations with majorities. Individual weekly lecture topics will be drawn from the following: Part A: Theoretical arguments • Analytical concepts: nation, culture, indigenous people, ethnic group • Minorities and the state, concepts of plural and multicultural societies • Theories of minority rights: Kymlicka et al • Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition • Tensions between human rights and respect for cultural difference • Groupist and essentialist fallacies Part B: Empirical examples • Self-determination and nations without states • Indigenous peoples, land and modernity • The politics of minority languages • Ethnic and nationalist conflict • Majorities as minorities