History and Sport
Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Peter Shapely
Overall aims and purpose
This module aims to train students to initiate research projects, and for those who wish to continue to the full MA will lay the foundations for their dissertation. It will teach students to use `finding aids' to compile a corpus of secondary and primary works in their chosen area of interest; it will show them how to compile scholarly bibliographies; and it will allow them to construct a research plan for a project which could use the material they have found to produce a substantive and original research piece.
How to produce a successful thesis. Use of finding aids to compile lists of secondary and primary sources; presentation of scholarly bibliographies; production of critical literature search; construction of research plans for substantial and original research pieces.
C+ to C-/50-59%: will compile and discuss a bibliography of primary and secondary sources of relevance and present it reasonably correctly and write a literature search with some critical comment, and they will assemble a research plan which may be limited but which could serve as the foundation of a basically successful dissertation. Better students will compile a bibliography of primary and secondary sources in the relevant area and present it correctly and write a literature search with adequate critical comment, and they will assemble a research plan likely to serve as the foundation of a solid academic dissertation. With the oral presentation: Threshold students will present information, but this may seem relatively uncoordinated and hesitant and is likely to be short. Better students will show some awareness of audience and on the methods required to engage people, but will still lack fluidity or content.
A- to A+ / 70-79%: will produce correct and imaginative bibliographies with an excellent critical literature search demonstrating understanding of a very high standard, and fully effective research plans which suggest a research project of great insight or significance as well as originality. With oral presentation: Excellent students (70s and above) will produce and explain a cogent piece of work using relevant forms of presentation with clarity and precision.
B+ to B-/60-69%: will compile a bibliography meeting the criteria above, but perhaps also containing some unusual or very recent items, which would suggest effective and imaginative use of finding aids. Their literature search should also show good critical acumen. Their research plan will be adequate as a foundation for a dissertation but may also include perceptive understandings of the state of the chosen field, imaginative choices of primary material, or full understandings of the possible problems (as well as the strengths) of the chosen methodology. With oral presentation: Good students (60s) will speak clearly, using the time and materials sensibly to convey a clear case.
Construct a plan for a research project to produce a substantial and original piece of historical or archaeological investigation and analysis.
Use electronic and printed finding aids to compile a list of secondary and primary material in a chosen scholarly area.
Present the secondary and primary material in an appropriate scholarly manner and report to a professional standard in writing and orally.
Produce a critical literature search relevant to the project with a correctly set out bibliography.
The essay will explore a specific element of the chosen topic using primary and secondary sources.
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A twenty minute individual presentation followed by ten minutes of questions.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Group discussion of different topics covered in module
Preparing to discuss topics covered in seminars, initial research for dissertation project, and preparation for literature review, research plan and oral presentation. 9 x 1-hour seminars 1 x session of oral presentations (c. 4 hours)
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- problem solving to develop solutions to understand the past
- understanding the complexity of change over time; in specific contexts and chronologies
- being sensitive to the differences, or the "otherness" of the past, and the difficulty to using it as a guide to present or future action
- being sensitive to the role of perceptions of the past in contemporary cultures
- producing logical and structured arguments supported by relevant evidence
- planning, designing, executing and documenting a programme of research, working independently
- marshalling and critically appraising other people's arguments, including listening and questioning
- demonstrating a positive and can-do approach to practical problems
- demonstrating an innovative approach, creativity, collaboration and risk taking
- presenting effective oral presentations for different kinds of audiences, including academic and/or audiences with little knowledge of history
- making effective and appropriate forms of visual presentation
- making effective and appropriate use of relevant information technology
- making critical and effective use of information retrieval skills using paper-based and electronic resources
- collaborating effectively in a team via experience of working in a group
- critical evaluation of one's own and others' opinions
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- V1AR: MA History year 1 (MA/HIST)