Advanced historical study

Course Dates: 26/01/22 - 30/03/22
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
If you have a passion for history, or if you've ever been interested in studying history at a higher level, this course could be right for you. Whether you're an avid hobby historian, or thinking about studying history for your Foundation, Bachelors or Masters degree, this course offers you an introduction to history at an advanced level.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £70.00

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Course Code: HMI01

Started Wed, eve, 26 Jan - 30 Mar '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course offers an opportunity to study history at an advanced level. From understanding the modern discipline of history, to modules focusing on a range different aspect of what history is and could be, this course will provide a grounding in studying history at a higher level. The course will provide an understanding of the modern discipline of history, and develop students’ historical skills and rigour through discussion and an essay.

If you have a passion for history, or if you've ever been interested in studying history at a higher level, this course could be right for you. Whether you're an avid hobby historian, or thinking about studying history for your Bachelors or Masters degree, this course offers you an introduction to history at an advanced level.

PLEASE NOTE: this course requires an application, and often sells out, so please apply early to avoid disappointment. You can find this in section 4 below.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Through a modular approach to studying history, students will cover some major subjects in the contemporary discipline of history.

1) The Practice of History in the 21st century
2) Introduction to Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought
3) History and memory as a Democratic Practice.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Approach the discipline of history from a critical perspective
- Be able to read, understand, and critically examine advanced historical texts and ideas
- Analyse, express and discuss ideas and arguments in clear, analytical and engaging ways, in discussion as well as in writing
- Explain key aspects about the discipline of history.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No particular historical skills are required, only a passion, interest and willingness to engage with reading, writing and discussing historical ideas and texts.

The course is open to everyone, although it will require the reading of advanced texts, the writing of an essay, and a willingness to present in front of a group. As such, it is generally advised that you have at least a grade B in GCSE English (or equivalent).

Those with higher level qualifications (academic or professional) are welcome.

To enrol, please respond to the questions below and email your responses to course leader Martin Jorgensen at

- Name?

- Email address?

- What qualifications you hold (not necessarily related to history): GSCEs, A-levels, BA/BSc, MA/MSc, PhD and/or other(s)?

- Why are you interested in our advanced history course?

- a 3-400 word commentary on what the historian can learn from the following text extract (from E.M. Collingham, 'Imperial Bodies' (London: Polity, 2001) pp.174-6):

"In the 1870s George Hunter commented that ‘ in tropical climates the daily bath has long been a regular institution, but it is only within the last few years that it has been generally practised in England. On arrival in Britain at the beginning of the First World War the young Godden sisters ‘even as children ... noticed the unwashedness of English people’s skins and clothes’. While, for the Edwardians, ‘Daily baths were by no means taken for granted’, it was common for their compatriots in India to take two baths a day whereupon they would change all their clothes. Despite the significantly greater importance placed on personal cleanliness in British India, the Anglo-Indian bathroom failed to follow the European example in that it did not develop into a private place.".

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, student presentations, and class discussion. The class discussion element is especially important to this course and will play a central role in learning.

There will be reading to be completed at home every week, as well as presentations from students.

There will be an essay to be completed over the course and approximately 2 - 3 hours of work to be completed outside of class each week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will be provided with a detailed reading list, which will all be shared via our virtual learning environment.

Something to make notes with will be essential: this may be a pen and paper, or a laptop.

You will need to be able to use a computer to access the class resources.

This course can be paid in instalments. Please ask enrolments for details.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a wide range of history courses: check out our online catalogue or our prospectus for more information on these.

If considering more advanced study, tutors of this course will be able to advise on Access, BA or MA courses that you may be interested in. Access courses are available at City Lit.

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Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.