What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to the variety of primary sources used in the study of Roman and medieval London. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened in the past. You will learn how these materials were created and how we study them. By the end of the course you will have gained an understanding of how we conduct historical research and model London’s past.
What will we cover?
Each week will focus on a different primary source, from maps, to written sources, archaeology and place-names, to discuss these materials and their problems. Classes are designed to be hand-on: you will be introduced to various primary sources, encouraged to explore them, and discuss their potentials and limitations for reconstructing London’s past. Two fieldtrips through Roman and medieval London at the end of the course will allow you to apply your skills of primary source analysis.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
a) Recognise primary sources and considered their potential for revealing the past
b) Have an understanding of the complexities of historical research
c) Have an enhanced appreciation of the materials from Roman, medieval, and early modern London.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You do not need a background in History or Archaeology to enrol on this course. Both new students and those who have completed HLW103 Archaeology of London are welcome. You will be encouraged to participate in activities and discussions throughout the course, and your enjoyment and benefit from it will be enhanced if you approach this course with an open and critical mind as well as an enthusiasm for learning. On joining the class you should be able to read and comment upon articles and extracts from historical and archaeological texts and journals. You are encouraged to spend time outside the class on independent learning, through written work and private reading, which will consolidate and develop your learning.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A broad range of teaching methods will be used throughout the course, acknowledging that students learn in different ways and have different experiences of learning. The format of the 11 two-hour class meetings will vary week by week but will include formal lectures, group-work and feedback, as well as hands-on activities, and fieldtrips. You should be prepared to contribute to discussion and good natured debate, and be able to participate in outdoor activities and fieldtrips.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any general history, archaeology or London guided walks starting in September. Please refer to the City Lit website for details.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details