History Works: Beyond Your BA

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
20 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA VT2R American History (Including Year Abroad),
BA V145 Global History,
BA V146 Global History (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module explores a number of key skills that students as historians are using in their courses and how this set of skills fits to a great range of other career choices.

Divided into three parts, students will first find out how historians communicate their work to the public and what skills they use for doing so. In the second part, the module will focus on the current labour market and students will explore how their abilities can be presented as convincingly as possible and how these skills fit do different career options.

After having established a set of key skills and practised the presentation of them, the third part of the module will focus on the different choices and career opportunities our former history students have made.

In four panel discussions, former students and other experts will visit the History Department to talk about the professions they decided to go into with their history degrees. While some of these professions are closely linked to the subject of history, others are not at all.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

No information available.

Module information

General Reading List:
McIvor, Arthur, 'The Colour Bar' in Working Lives. Work in Britain since 1945 (2013).

Pemberton, Hugh, 'The transformation of the economy' in A companion to contemporary Britain, 1939-2000 eds. Paul Addison and Harriet Jones (2008).

van Reenen, Johan, 'Brexit's Long-Run Effects on the UK Economy', Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (Fall 2016), pp. 367-383.

Rook, Steve, The graduate career guidebook (2013).

Learning and teaching methods

One-hour lecture and one-hour seminar per week.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Report on a profession of interest 20/03/2020 33%
Coursework CV and career action plan 20/03/2020 34%
Coursework Essay (1750 words) 20/03/2020 33%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Belinda Waterman, Department of History, 01206 872313



External examiner

Dr Rachel Rich
Leeds Beckett University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 47 hours, 47 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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