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HIST107: 'Witches', Warriors and Slavers: Exploring the History of Lancaster


Department: History NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF4//RQF4
Study Level: Part I Credit Points: 16.0
Start Date: 07-10-2019 End Date: 13-12-2019
Available for Online Enrolment?: N Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Dr CE Donaldson

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • This module surveys the history of Lancaster from late Roman period to the present day.  The module combines weekly lectures and seminars that aim to increase a.) your understanding of the history of the place and region where you are studying; b.) your appreciation of how the history of Lancaster and the region connects with broader national and international histories.  You will have the chance to study and to debate key periods and events in the history of Lancaster and the region, and you will also have the opportunity to reflect on how historians use geography to frame their research.  The topics we shall considered will likely include (but will not be limited to): the foundation and development of Lancaster Castle in late antiquity and the Middle Ages; the 'Witch' trials of the seventeenth century; Lancaster's connections with the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Lancaster's prominence as a 'Hanging Town' in the eighteenth and nineteenth century; Lancaster life during WWI and WWII; the significance of health and education in the city. The module may include field-trips to local historical sites.

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • Optional for all History Major and Combined Major degree schemes; namely:

    History: UCAS Code: V100 BA/Hist

    English Literature and History: UCAS Code: QV31 BA/EnglHis

    French Studies and History: UCAS Code: RV11 BA/FrH

    German Studies and History: UCAS Code: RV21 BA/GerH

    History and International Relations: UCAS Code: VL12 BA/HisIR

    History and Philosophy: UCAS Code: VVC5 BA/HiPhil

    History, Philosophy and Politics: UCAS Code: V0L0 BA/HiPhiP

    History and Politics: UCAS Code: LV21 BA/HisPol

    History and Religious Studies: UCAS Code: VV16 BA/HisRes

    Medieval and Early-Modern Studies: UCAS Code: V125 BA/MedvRS

    Spanish Studies and History: UCAS Code: RV41 BA/SSH

  • 100% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • * All of the modules within HIST111 umbrella (including those of 16 credits such as HIST107, and those in ST of 8 credits) are assessed by coursework only. 

    * This distinguishes these modules in the 'second History Part I' (HIST111) from those of the core History module at Part I (HIST100) which is examined by both coursework and examination.

    Specifically, the assessment will consist of:

    1.) A short essay (1250 words) submitted at the end of Week 6 (35%);

    2.) A 1750-word essay submitted at the end of Week 10 (55%);

    3.) Seminar performance (10%).

    Seminar performance will be assessed according to the following criteria:

    1.) Preparation: careful preparation for seminars, including reading; research; and individual and/or group contributions;

    2.) Content: effective contribution to seminar debate, including selection and analysis of material; coherence of argument; and development of ideas beyond ‘received’ lecture or seminar information;

    3.) Participation: effective participation in seminars, including raising questions and initiating debate; responding to other members and reflective listening; and (where relevant) working in groups.

    Feedback forms will be prepared for each student giving the mark for this element and the rationale for it, and clear guidelines will be available via the module Moodle site for how students are expected to prepare for seminars and contribute to them. 

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The aims of this module are:

    1.) To increase your awareness and knowledge of the history of Lancaster and region to which it belongs;

    2.) To enhance your understanding of how the history of particular places influence – and are influenced by – broader national and international processes;

    3.) To engage you in considering how the history of particular places is shaped transhistorically;

    4.) To encourage you to think about the role of heritage institutions in communicating history to diverse publics.  

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students who enrol on this module will have the opportunity to:

    1.) Demonstrate independent, critical analysis of historical information;

    2.) Participate in group discussions, drawing on information and opinions from a range of sources, both primary and secondary;
    3.) Articulate opinions and argument drawing on a range of information;
    4.) Draw thematic connections between the operation of authority in a range of localities.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    1.) Demonstrate a general knowledge of key periods and events in the history of Lancaster and the region over the past 1000 years;

    2.) Identify and engage with appropriate digital and print resources to help generate questions and guide historical inquiry;

    3.) Present cogent arguments about the broader significance of key ideas, issues, and events relating to the module;

    4.) Design, research, and present a sustained and independently conceived piece of historical writing.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    1.) Construct and present sophisticated arguments in written form;

    2.) Synthesise and evaluate a variety of different intellectual approaches;

    3.) Interrogate, read, analyse, and reflect critically and contextually on primary and secondary sources;

    4.) Gather and deploy historical evidence and information.

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