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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Historical Sources and Approaches
Module Code HY345
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Akpu
Semester 2: James Akpu
Autumn: James Akpu
Module TeachersSusan Hegarty
Grania Shanahan
James Akpu
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will focus on the skills of historical research. Students will engage closely with primary sources and be encouraged to assess those sources critically and with an understanding of the context in which they were created. The module will give students a chance to locate relevant historical material, whether in physical or digital archives or collections and then to examine and interrogate these materials. The module will also introduce students to relevant historiographical developments, investigating the training, approaches, political and intellectual concerns of historians to better assess their historical work. Students will be given the space to work independently and follow their own interests to create a dissertation that incorporates the historical skills they have learned in the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply the critical and analytical skills required to assess primary source material for research.
2. Present a concise, critical and objective argument based on historical evidence both orally and in writing.
3. Display an understanding of historiographical developments
4. Pursue independent, self-directed study at a level appropriate for a final-year undergraduate student of history.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48Lectures and tutorials
Independent Study202Reading and completing assignments
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

A full bibliography will be available on Loop

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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