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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) History

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) History Programme codeUFA3HPSHPS11
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) History programme builds on a broad foundation in the first year, to highly specialised work in the final year, including the study of a particular subject in depth. There is a huge amount of module choice covering time periods from the Roman Empire to the 1960s and topics as diverse as the Vikings, early medieval empires, British politics since 1900, women in society, the Norman conquest, magic and witchcraft in early modern Europe and reformation London.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme aims to develop your competence in the subject-specific and research skills required in History, through extended engagement with primary sources and methodologies, relevant critical material, and theoretical contexts. You will acquire a thorough grounding in the core principles of History through a programme which engages you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex sources and time periods. In History modules, you will progress through study of both broad and detailed focus, analysing particular aspects of the past across a range of time periods and geographical areas. History offers detailed subject knowledge, broad coverage and a wide range of choice.

You will also acquire advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills, providing a basis for career progression in the academic and professional worlds. You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and assessment methods within appropriate learning environments, supported by feedback and monitoring. You will also be given an opportunity to develop your independent study skills through a piece of individual research. 

The programme provides an intellectually stimulating, satisfying experience of learning and studying, and forms a sound basis for further study in History, or related disciplines. It aims to develop a range of subject-specific, academic and transferable skills, including high order conceptual literacy and communication skills of value in graduate employment. History, like other programmes offered within the College of Humanities, encourages you to become a global citizen, a productive, useful and questioning member of society, and provides thorough training for further study or a specialist career. You may utilise the skills you develop in a range of sectors, including consultancy, market research, the Civil Service, education, teaching, new media industries, journalism and publishing, research, charities, information science, advertising and public relations.

It further aims to:

  • Offer an excellent Honours-level education in History.
  • Ensure that graduates from the programme are useful, productive and questioning members of society.
  • Produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of the discipline through a combination of both broad and detailed focuses on particular aspects of the past, study of a range of time periods, and study of different geographical areas; who understand the methods which historians use to study the past; and who can analyse the development of past societies.
  • Develop your competence in subject-specific, core academic and personal and key skills.
  • Offer you a wide range of choice, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/

You must take at least 15 credits (and up to a maximum of 30 credits) of Sources and Skills modules at Stage 1. ‘Sources and skills’ modules change yearly, depending on staff availability and other factors.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIH1400 Making History 15Yes
HIH1401 Approaches to History 15No
HIH1410 Understanding the Medieval and Early-Modern World 30No
HIH1420 Understanding the Modern World 30No

Optional Modules

In stage 1 you are strongly encouraged to use modularity, and take at least 15 credits (up to a maximum of 30 credits) of option modules from outside History.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISS S1 BA SH opt 2022-3
HIH1002 Losing an Empire, Finding a Role: Britain Since 1945 15 No
HIH1042 Murder in Early Modern England 15 No
HIH1051 Everyday Life in the Anglophone Caribbean, c.1900-1966 15 No
HIH1053 Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages 15 No
HIH1408 The Dissolution of the Monasteries 15 No
HIH1506 The First Day of the Somme 15 No
HIH1585 Ladies of the Night: Prostitution in the Victorian World 15 No
HIH1600 Images of Stalinism 15 No
HIH1607 JFK 15 No
HIH1612 Renaissance Florence 1350-1550 15 No
HIH1615 Imperial Science, Race, and Exploration in the Long 19th Century 15 No
HIH1014 The Body in Eighteenth-Century Britain 15 No
HIH1043 The Collapse of Communism in Central-Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union 15 No
HIH1138 Medieval, Manufactured? Uses and Reuses of the Middle Ages 15 No
HIH1411 From Wigan Pier to Piccadilly: Britain between the Wars 15 No
HIH1501 The Viking Phenomenon 15 No
HIH1505 The First Crusade 15 No
HIH1586 Early Modern Venice: Representations and Myths 15 No
HIH1597 Serfdom in Late Medieval England 15 No
HIH1614 Environment and Industry, 1750-1950: Global Perspectives 15 No
HIH1616 Producing Poverty: Peasants in a Global Perspective, 700-1300CE 15 No
HIH1618 Body, Border, Partition: Understanding Violence in South Asia 15 No

Stage 2


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIH2001 Doing History: Perspectives on Sources 30Yes
HIH2002 Uses of the Past 30No

Optional Modules

You must select 30 credits from term 1 modules and 30 credits from term 2 modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISS S2 BA SH opt 2023-4
HIH2218A Religion, Society and Culture in Tudor England 30 No
HIH2208A Medieval Paris 30 No
HIH2111 Mediterranean Maritime Supremacy, 1500-1700 30 No
HIH2185A China in the World, 1500-1840 30 No
HIH2032A Europe 1650-1800: From Enlightenment to Romanticism 30 No
HIH2179A The American Empire 30 No
HIH2592 Science, Empire, and Natural History Museums: A Global Perspective 30 No
HIH2011A Forgetting Fascism, Remembering Communism: Memory in Modern Europe 30 No
HIH2210A The Russian Empire, 1689-1917 30 No
HIH2184A From Conquest to Communism: Central Asia under the Russian and Soviet Empires, 1730-1945 30 No
HIH2019A Science, Technology and Medicine in the Cold War 30 No
HIH2014A Decolonisation and the Collapse of the British Empire, 1919-1968 30 No
HIH2590 An Age of Iron? Europe in the Tenth Century 30 No
HIH2137A Inventing Modern Man: Constructions of Mind, Body, and the Individual, 1400-1800 30 No
HIH2186A Deviants and Dissenters in Early Modern England 30 No
HIH2036A Albion's Fatal Tree: Capital Punishment in England, 1688-1965 30 No
HIH2037 American Frontiers: The West in U.S. History and Mythology 30 No
HIH2588 Empire, Identity and Heritage in South-East Europe and the Middle East (1800-1950) 30 No
HIH2145A Spain from Absolutism to Democracy 30 No
HIH2138A History of Development: Ideologies, Politics, and Projects 30 No
SML2209 Music in Medieval Europe 15 No
THE2224 Modern Jewish History and Thought 30 No
ARA2001 From Holy Text to Sex Manuals in the Medieval Middle East 15 No
ARA2147 Classical Islamic History 15 No
ARA2170 A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014 15 No
ARA2171 A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014 30 No
HIH2041 The First Welfare State? England's Poor Law, 1520-1835 30 No
HIH2593 'Undesirables': Migration Mobility and Empire 30 No
HUM HUM2000-HUM2001
HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace 30 No
HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace 15 No
HUM HUM2004-HUM2005
HUM2004 Making a Career in Publishing 15 No
HUM2005 Tales of Freedom, Necessity and Providence 15 No

Stage 3


30 credits of compulsory Dissertation, 30 credits of compulsory Comparative modules, 60 Credits of Sources and Context modules

a You must select 30 credits from this list of Comparative History modules.

b You must select 60 credits from this list History Special Subject modules. You must select both the Sources module and its co-requisite Context module.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIH3005 General Third-Year Dissertation 30Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISS SF BA Comparative 2023-4 [See note a above]
HIH3632 Violence 30 No
HIH3633 Revolutions 30 No
HIH3617 News, Media and Communication 30 No
HIH3634 Race, Resistance, and Decolonisation 30 No
HIH3619 Sexualities 30 No
HIH3626 Heroes: Conceptions, Constructions and Representations 30 No
HIH3628 Civil Wars 30 No
HISS SF BA Sources and Contexts 2023-4 [See note b above]
HIH3054 Death to the Traitors: Rebellion and Resisting Tyranny in the Middle Ages: Context 30 No
HIH3053 Death to the Traitors: Rebellion and Resisting Tyranny in the Middle Ages: Sources 30 No
HIH3277 The Medieval Reformation: Sources 30 No
HIH3278 The Medieval Reformation: Context 30 No
HIH3266 Magic in the Middle Ages: Sources 30 No
HIH3267 Magic in the Middle Ages: Context 30 No
HIH3322 Crusades in Christendom, 1179-1588: Sources 30 No
HIH3323 Crusades in Christendom, 1179-1588: Context 30 No
HIH3639 Beyond Cannibalism: Indigenous Peoples and the European Colonisation of Brazil, 1500-1822: Context 30 No
HIH3640 Beyond Cannibalism: Indigenous Peoples and the European Colonisation of Brazil, 1500-1822: Sources 30 No
HIH3052 The Rise of Capitalism in Britain 1660-1830 (Context) 30 No
HIH3051 The Rise of Capitalism in Britain 1660-1830 (Sources) 30 No
HIH3132 The Body in Early Modern England: Sources 30 No
HIH3133 The Body in Early Modern England: Context 30 No
HIH3042 Britain and the Age of Revolution, 1775-1832 (Sources) 30 No
HIH3043 Britain and the Age of Revolution, 1775-1832 (Context) 30 No
HIH3058 Engendering Empire: Making the British Imperial World: Sources 30 No
HIH3059 Engendering Empire: Making the British Imperial World: Context 30 No
HIH3014 France and Empire, 1756-1830: Reform, Revolution and Counter-Revolution: Context 30 No
HIH3013 France and Empire, 1756-1830: Reform, Revolution and Counter-Revolution: Sources 30 No
HIH3298 Law, Politics and Society across the British Empire, 1750-1960: Sources 30 No
HIH3299 Law, Politics and Society across the British Empire, 1750-1960: Context 30 No
HIH3170 From the Grand Tour to Gladiator: Modern Encounters with the Ancient World: Sources 30 No
HIH3171 From the Grand Tour to Gladiator: Modern Encounters with the Ancient World: Context 30 No
HIH3062 Women's Experience in Britain: Race, Class and Gender since 1945 (Context) 30 No
HIH3061 Women's Experience in Britain: Race, Class and Gender since 1945 (Sources) 30 No
HIH3056 Them and Us: Imagining the Social "Other" in Britain since the 1880s: Sources 30 No
HIH3057 Them and Us: Imagining the Social "Other" in Britain since the 1880s: Context 30 No
HIH3157 The Irish Revolution, 1912-23: Sources 30 No
HIH3158 The Irish Revolution, 1912-23: Context 30 No
HIH3216 The Yes, Minister Files: Perspectives on British Government since 1914: Sources 30 No
HIH3217 The Yes, Minister Files: Perspectives on British Government since 1914: Context 30 No
HIH3250 Colonial Conflict and Decolonisation 1918-1975: Sources 30 No
HIH3251 Colonial Conflict and Decolonisation 1918-1975: Context 30 No
HIH3635 The Population Problem: Conservation, Eugenics, and Food in the Twentieth Century (Contexts) 30 No
HIH3636 The Population Problem: Conservation, Eugenics, and Food in the Twentieth Century (Sources) 30 No
HIH3257 The Russian Revolution: Sources 30 No
HIH3258 The Russian Revolution: Context 30 No
HIH3314 Governing the World: A History of Internationalism from WW1 to the Present: Context 30 No
HIH3315 Governing the World: A History of Internationalism from WW1 to the Present: Sources 30 No
HIH3167 Violence or Non-Violence? Gandhi and Popular Movements in India, 1915-1950: Sources 30 No
HIH3168 Violence or Non-Violence? Gandhi and Popular Movements in India, 1915-1950: Context 30 No
HIH3316 The Holocaust and Nazi Occupation of Eastern Europe, 1939-1945: Context 30 No
HIH3317 The Holocaust and Nazi Occupation of Eastern Europe, 1939-1945: Sources 30 No
HAS3006 The Legend of King Arthur 30 No
HUM HUM3000s
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 15 No
HUM3016 Book Publishing: Principles of Book Commissioning, Editing and Design 30 No
HUM3003A Hacking the Humanities: How to Plan and Run Successful Digital Projects 15 No
HUM3003 Hacking the Humanities: How to Plan and Run Successful Digital Projects 30 No
HUM3004 Transforming the Tablet: Digital Approaches to Ancient Text and Artefact 15 No
HISS SF BA Co-listed 2023-4
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15 No
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15 No
MLR3027 The Making of Underground Russia, 1825-1917 15 No
THE3224 Modern Jewish History and Thought 30 No
ARA3047 Oral History: Principles and Practice 15 No
ARA3048 Oral History: Principles and Practice 30 No
ARA3136 The History and Political Development of Iraq 15 No
ARA3140 The Kurds: History and Politics 15 No
ARA3162 Britain in the Middle East, 1798-1977 15 No
ARA3197 The Arabian Nights: Perception and Reception 15 No
ARA2161 The Historiography of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 15 No
ARAM251 Esotericism and the Magical Tradition 30 No
ARC2123 Sustainability and Collapse in Past Societies 15 No
ARC3123 Sustainability and Collapse in Past Societies 15 No
ARC2401 Understanding the Landscape of Medieval Britain 15 No
ARC3401 Understanding the Landscape of Medieval Britain 15 No
ARC2406 Medieval Castles in Context 15 No
ARC3406 Medieval Castles in Context 15 No
ARC2120 Things and Us: Ancient and Contemporary Material Culture 15 No
ARC3120 Things and Us: Ancient and Contemporary Material Culture 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Describe and discuss the philosophical problems confronting historians.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the recurring themes in History, such as class, gender, ethnicity, religion and war, and of the main themes in particular topics selected for modules; trace the key developments within a topic and relate them to an overall conception of the subject matter; evaluate complex themes in History; make close specialist evaluation of key developments within particular periods/topics
3. Identify the variety of approaches taken to historical research; ability to evaluate the professionalism and scholarly value of historical works; evaluate the reasons for changes in historiographical approaches.
4. Define a suitable research topic in the subject area and pursue it to completion.
5. Use different types of historical source; evaluate different and complex types of historical source; use primary sources in a professional manner.
6. Present work in the format expected of historians, including footnoting and bibliographical references.
7. Demonstrate how quantitative data can be used in historical research.

ILO1s 1-3 are developed at stage 1 in compulsory modules though lectures, seminars, and written work.

ILO 1 is further developed especially in compulsory modules at stage 2.

ILOs 2-3 form the backbone of all modules taken at all stages, but the level of complexity and nuance develops according to stage with the Comparative Histories modules particularly focused on these skills.

You are encouraged to use stage 1 and 2 compulsory modules as a way of addressing ILO 4, and concentrate on doing so in the Dissertation at final stage. More generally, the choice of essays that they are given in all modules develops this skill in them from the outset of their programme.

ILO 5 is a requirement of all modules, but there is particular primary source emphasis - developing in complexity as you progress through the stages of the programme - at stage 1 in Sources and Skills modules.

ILO 6 is developed in stage 1 and 2 compulsory modules, and in final stage in the Special Subject and Dissertation. You are given clear guidelines about ILO 6 in the Undergraduate Handbook, and are instructed in such matters in stage 1 compulsory modules, and are expected to demonstrate it in all modules.

ILO 7 is developed through the Sources and Skills and may be developed in other elective modules. Many modules have a requirement of some work with quantitative data.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays, oral presentations, wikis, Project and Dissertation work, and examinations. The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources
9. Describe contrasting approaches to research and judge between competing views
10. Describe and evaluate the nature of both qualitative and quantitative evidence.
11. Identify basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
12. Think and write broadly about large historical themes.
13. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses, and deploy such terminology in a comprehensible manner.
14. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate evidence.
15. Collate data from a range of sources.
16. Reference sources accurately in written work.
17. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in writing.
18. Present work and answer questions orally.
19. Ask pertinent and intellectually demanding questions of other students.
20. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.

These skills are all developed throughout the degree programme, but the emphasis becomes more complex as you move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion). 

These skills are assessed through term-time essays, wikis, dissertations, assessed presentations, and examinations.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

21. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines
22. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
23. Plan the execution of work over a very long time scale.
24. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
25. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
26. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
27. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.

ILO 21 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme but is particularly developed in stage 2 compulsory modules and the Dissertation.

ILO 22 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.

ILO 23 is developed through stage 1 and 2 compulsory modules and, in final stage, through the Dissertation, which has a single end of year deadline.

ILO 24 is developed through seminars, which form the whole (Sources and Skills and Special Subjects) or part basis of all modules.

The skills in ILOs 25-26 are developed to some extent in all modules, through interaction in seminars and in discussion with tutors about essay work, and in response to criticism both collective and individual. However, there is particular emphasis on ILO 25 (and ILO 27) in stage 1 Sources and Skills and compulsory modules, where you work as part of a team to present and respond to the presentations of others, and in the compulsory modules in the second and final stages.

The skills in ILOs 21-23 are assessed in all modules.

ILO 23 is covered by the fact that you write essays of differing lengths which are summatively assessed. In addition, presentations are formally assessed in Special Subjects and Comparative Histories.

ILO 23 is covered by the Dissertation and, to a lesser extent, stage 1 and 2 compulsory modules.

Formative assessment of work in seminars (ILO 24) takes place in options, and there is assessment of presentations as stated above.

Team work skills (ILOs 25-27) are formally assessed in stage 2 compulsory modules and Comparative History modules.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

History tutors set aside two ‘tutorial’ hours a week during term-time to see personal tutees and are also available to see tutees by appointment. Personal tutors see their first year tutees at least twice a term, in the first two terms, and once in the third term, and their non-first year tutees at least once a term. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness.

Each research centre in History runs its own seminar series, which you are welcome to attend. In addition, we have close relations with a range of organisations that support student research. For example, Exeter Cathedral Library is a key centre for the study of medieval history. The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, on campus, houses one of Britain’s largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema. At the heart of the Centre is the Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell Collection, comprised of approximately 50,000 items.

Programme handbooks and other useful information can be accessed via the student intranet: http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/.

Other useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE): http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/login/index.php, which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) History

19. UCAS Code

V100

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] History

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/11/2011

Date of last revision

09/09/2022