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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2014 - 2015

Module Title Researching Local History :People,Place & Tim
Module Code HIS6
School Open Education

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr James BruntonOffice NumberD102
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite HIS1
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

In this module students are equipped with the skills and techniques necessary to carry out local history research as, in completing this module, students produce a piece of original research on a topic in local history. Students learn how to: approach such a project; identify, and analyse, appropriate documentary and non-written sources of historical information; research and write about local history; as well as how local history research is presented and published.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate the methodological issues of concern to professional local historians
2. Discriminate between local history written according to high academic standards and that of inferior quality
3. Appraise the different strands that have contributed to the development of Irish local history in the past three decades and defend local history as a valid field of academic research
4. Assess research proposals and critically evaluate a piece of published local history
5. Generate a viable research proposal that identifies key primary and secondary sources and project milestones
6. Critique the documentary and non-documentary primary sources available for writing local history and demonstrate a facility in working with these sources
7. Carry out an original local history research project that complies with professional standards and conventions

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial15No Description
Online activity60No Description
Independent Study300No Description
Total Workload: 375

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

Unit 1: Introduction to Local History

Unit 2: Approaches to researching and Writing Local History I

Unit 3: Researching and writing local history II

Unit 4: Documentary Sources for Local History (Part 1)

Unit 5: Documentary Sources for Local History (Part 2)

Unit 6: Documentary Sources for Local History (Part 3)

Unit 7: Non-written sources for local history

Unit 8: Guidelines for the presentation and publication of local history

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    BABA in Humanities
    BADIPDiploma in Humanities
    BAEHBA in English & History
    BASMBA Single Module