Working on your own historical research project: from idea to execution
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HMI06
Duration: 8 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is an introduction to conducting historical research projects. Whatever stage you're at - whether just thinking about a project, or if you've already got a half finished project, or are finalising your first draft (of whichever form your project will take), this is a space to learn about research skills, writing skills, and what it means to do history in different forms.
The course will look at the skills required to undertake a project, as well as the process of planning, refining, and executing whatever project you have.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Through the course we will study Curthoys and McGrath's 'How to write history that people want to read'. Along with student presentations, this will form the basis of weekly discussions.
The exact topics discussed will depend on learners' projects, but may include:
- Formulating ideas
- Honing your research project
- Ensuring your project is achievable
- Searching archives
- Oral history
- Family history
- Local history
- Writing history
- Dealing with writer's block
- Planning your desired outcome(s).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Plan a historical research project from beginning to completion
- Discuss complex historical ideas and concepts
- Explain what you intend your project to do, and why it's important
- Conduct independent historical research
- Make a plan for 'where' you want your project to go upon completion.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all and there is no expectation of people having any historical skills.
It is best suited to people who have thought about (or started) undertaking some kind of historical project - no matter how large or small.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will be led by the tutors, but will include lots of discussion, group work, and peer feedback. Students will be expected to read a short amount (1 or 2 chapters of the course book) each week, and present their project ideas to the group. The space will be inclusive and welcoming, so anybody should feel confident in bringing their project to the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to buy a copy of 'How to Write History that People Want to Read' by Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HMI01: Ways into advanced historical study.
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.