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Course overview

This interactive course stimulates debate, excites your curiosity and challenges the way you think. You explore primary and secondary sources and methods of historical enquiry required at degree level.

The course is a springboard into undergraduate study, topics are linked to the core subjects of the first year of our BA (Hons) History. You examine a range of time periods covering over 500 years, including:
• the development of modern Britain
• issues surrounding the history of the British Empire
• sixteenth and seventeenth century history including the Lutheran Reformation
• European social and political history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Each live session lasts two to three hours and you can interact with your tutor and other students through an online seminar room, using a camera and microphone or a chat box. You can also use a discussion board to engage with discussion points. Materials for each session are available in advance so you are fully prepared for the sessions. Tutor support is available throughout the specified weekly times.

Summer university

Start date: Starts Monday 5 July, Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

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This course is delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.

You can study up to 30 credits at Summer University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please email summer.university@tees.ac.uk.

Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, you should be 16 at the time of enrolment. If you are under 18 at the time of enrolment you must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form and send to summer.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your application.

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Course details

What you study

Introduction to history and primary sources
The first session introduces you to the course, you look at the main learning points and how your work is assessed. You consider the main ways to study the past and examine primary sources, starting with photographs and illustrations.

Primary sources II: Accessing the past
You continue to explore primary sources, particularly, historical diaries, oral testimony, newspapers and sources relating to the history of Teesside University’s campus to shed light on what the urban environment tells us about the past.

Secondary sources
You learn about Teesside University Library website, where you can find a wide variety of resources. You also explore different kinds of secondary sources, see how they should be used and how you can evaluate secondary information.

Historical debates and imperial history
You explore how historians debate, how they make use of historiography and why it is important that they maintain objectivity and be aware of the problems of bias. You also explore the British Empire, its development, why it declined and how it should be remembered.

Understanding early modern history
You explore the main events in British history between 1485-1750, examine key source material and try to gain an insight into what life was like for people living at this time. You also critically examine early-modern kingship and discover how you can use portraiture and art as a primary source.

Interpreting religious change
You explore the early-modern period by thinking about the starting point of one of history’s biggest transformations – the Reformation. You consider the issues that prompted Martin Luther to take action, debate what motivated him, try to make sense of how events played out and interpret what the legacy of his actions are.

Exploring modern European history
You examine the major European developments from the French Revolution in 1789 through to the adoption of a single European currency in 2000. You consider why timelines can be useful to historians before looking at the key events, alliances and conflicts that defined the modern period. You also examine important primary sources.

Examining History: The Fall of France
You look in detail at the plight of France during the Second World War. You explore ‘the exodus’ which occurred as the French tried to escape the Nazi invasion and the terms of the armistice and consider what life was like in occupied/Vichy France.

Your Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
- Use pre-identified collections of source materials.

Cognitive and intellectual skills
- Construct a supported argument or interpretation within tutor-defined contexts
- Recognise that there are different interpretations of sources
- Address historical problems identified by the tutor involving the use of primary and/or secondary sources.

Practical and professional skills
- Gather and analyse, with guidance, evidence from a range of primary and/or secondary source material.

Key transferable skills
- Identify and use writing skills appropriate to the context
- Use basic IT skills in tutor-defined contexts.

How you are assessed

1 x primary source evaluation (500 words)
1 x short essay (750-1,000 words)

One draft of each may be submitted beforehand for feedback.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course you need access to a computer and be comfortable learning through an online platform. A strong and stable internet connection is required, and a webcam and microphone to participate in any interactive elements of the course.

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or higher.

Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, you should be 16 at the time of enrolment. If you are under 18 at the time of enrolment you must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form and send to summer.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your application.

 
 

Part-time

2021/22 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Start date: Starts Monday 5 July, Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

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