Ways into advanced historical study
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: HMI01
Duration: 26 sessions (over 28 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course goes into the heart of studying history at an advanced level. From understanding the modern discipline of history, to modules focusing on a range of historical periods, this course will provide a grounding in studying history at a higher level. The course will provide an in-depth understanding of the modern discipline of history, and develop students’ historical skills and rigour. By the end of the course, students are expected to be confident enough to undertake their own historical research project
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.
Alongside the teaching of historical periods, this course will also include lessons on essay writing, conducting historical research, and how to undertake a historical research project.
Note: this course includes two Saturday sessions on the 31st October and 27th February.
PLEASE NOTE: this course requires an application, and often sells out, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.
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 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) Introduction to World History
4) History as a Democratic Practice
5) Historical Research project (student choice of topic/project)
Alongside the key modules, there will be two sessions (one session per term) devoted to study skills. These will cover: essay writing and referencing; and, historical research.
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
- Write clear, analytically and intellectually rigorous essays
- Discuss complex ideas at an advanced level
- Present historical information in an entertaining and engaging manner
- Explain key aspects about the discipline of history
- Undertake your own historical research project.
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 essays, 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.
You will receive a certificate on completion of this course, outlining the areas of study undertaken.
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 two essays to be completed over the two terms (one per term). There are scheduled study skills classes to ensure students are confident in approaching these.
There will be 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. It will be advisable to buy some of these texts for your convenience, although most are widely available in public libraries or online for free.
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.
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.