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History with Modern Languages

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
History with Modern Languages
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University of Essex
University of Essex
History
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
History
Languages, Cultures and Societies
BA V1R9
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
15/04/2017

A-levels: BBB

IB: 30 points. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HR100-4-FY or HR111-4-FY Core with Options 30
02 Language Advanced or Part 1 Intensive Core with Options 30
03 Language Part 2 Intensive or Humanities or Social Science option(s) from list Core with Options 30
04 Humanities or Social Science option(s) from list Optional 15
05 HR101-4-AU Becoming a Historian Compulsory 15

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HR211-5-AU Approaches to History Compulsory 15
02 History option from list Optional 15
03 HR200-5-SP History Works: Beyond Your BA Compulsory 15
04 History option(s) from list Optional 30
05 2nd year Major Language (advanced or above) option(s) from list Core with Options 30
06 HR231-5-SP Choosing Your Past: How to Design and Manage a Research Project Compulsory 15

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 Compulsory with Options 90

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

Enable students to study a range of historical topics, providing both an outline of the principal developments and a focused study on a range of specific themes.

Enable students to examine historical events and changes in cross-national, thematic, and comparative perspective, with an understanding of political, social, economic and cultural contexts.

Develop students' understandings of the relationship between the past and the present.

Familiarise students with models of historical analysis and varieties of primary sources.

Offer students the opportunity to design and conduct an independent study on a specialist topic of their choice.

Enable students to become proficient in one or more modern languages, developing an appropriate level of fluency and accuracy in using the chosen language(s) as a medium of understanding, expression and communication (both oral and written), with awareness of stylistic and sociolinguistic variation, and (where relevant higher-level courses are taken) developing a corresponding level of proficiency in translation, interpreting, and creative writing.

Develop students' understanding of aspects of the culture and society of one or more countries which use the chosen modern language(s) as a medium of communication, enabling them to draw comparisons with their own culture and observe contrasts, and (through the year abroad) to experience, engage with and integrate into another culture.

Equip students with a range of transferable cognitive skills (including skills of analysis, argument, rational thinking and research), practical skills and key skills, and a foundation for further study, employment and lifelong learning.

The outcomes listed below represent the minimum expected of a graduate on this scheme; it is anticipated that the vast majority of graduates will achieve significantly more.

These aims have been frames with due reference to the Quality Assurance Agency's benchmarks for History and Modern Languages.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of European history c 1500-1750 and/or of the making of the modern world 1789-1989
A2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of thematic historical topics
A3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specialised historical topics in greater depth
A4 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles of historical analysis, such as concepts of continuity, change, and comparative analysis
A5 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the sources available for historical research
A6 Demonstrate a level of phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, usage, and socio- stylistic variation in the chosen language(s), and (on relevant higher-level courses) tequniques of translation, interpreting and creative writing
A7 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of aspects of the culture and society of one or more countries which use the chosen modern language(s) as a medium of communication, drawing comparison with their own culture and observing contrasts
A8 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linguistic concepts and metalanguage used to describe and analyse the chosen modern language(s), and analytic methods and techniques used to analyse texts and other authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives
Learning Methods: The structure of the History components of the scheme is based on progression from outline historical topics in the first year (A1) to more specialised courses (A2 and A3) in the second and third year.

Knowledge of A1-A5 is acquired through lectures, seminars, independent reading and coursework.

A4 is developed in particular in the second-year course 'Making Histories: concepts, themes and sources'.

A5 is the focus of the fourth-year special subject and the fourth-year independent dissertationt if undertaken.

Modern language proficiency A6 is developed through classwork, homework, use of dedicated software and Web materials, and the year abroad.

Cultural awareness A7 is developed through class and web materials, and the year abroad (during which students experience, engage with and integrate into another culutre, either by a period of study at a partner institution offering the opportunity to operate in a different academic, linguistic and cultural environment , or by working as a language assistant and thereby acquiring valuable vocational experience of working abroad).

Skills of linguistic analysis A8 are developed through study of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class.

A6-A8 are reinforced by feedback from staff in class, in office hours, or by email.
Assessment Methods: A1-A5 are mainly through coursework and examination, supplemented by a range of other assessments which may include document analyses, revews, and other shorter assignments; assessed presentations and oral contributions; and in-class tests.

The independent dissertation tests knowledge of A5 in particular through a 12,000 word dissertation.

The ability to produce, under set time conditions and without access to notes, cogent arguments demonstrating the interconnectedness of themes, concepts and issues covered in the course components is assessed by the first-year examination of the pre-requisite module for the course.

History examinations are principally unseen, essay based, of two or three hour duration.

A6-A8 are assessed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: role-play activities: class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Assemble, analyse and synthesise primary and secondary data
B2 Formulate and answer historical questions
B3 Evaluate and compare historical interpretations
B4 Explain historical events, contexts and change with reference to social, political, economic and cultural forces and factors
B5 Reconstruct the mentalities of past societies
B6 Formulate and present ideas and arguments, using historical evidence
B7 Abstract and synthesise information from authentic written and spoken modern language materials
B8 Interact in the chosen modern language(s), expressing one's own ideas (and responding to those put forward by others) coherently and articulately.
B9 Analyse authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives
Learning Methods: B1-B6 are introduced and developed through in-class discussions, essays, and other written and oral assignments.

The teaching environment of seminars and classes, which emphasises student-focused discussion, enables students to develop all nine skills through discussion and practice, and to receive feedback from peers and tutors.

B7-B9 are developed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class: laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.
Assessment Methods: B1-B6 are assessed on History courses through the usual means of coursework and examination: a variety of types of coursework across the history curriculum assess skills specifically.

The ability to understand questions and produce answers under set time conditions and without access to notes is assessed by the first-year examination of the History pre-requisite module for the course.

B7-B9 are assessed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.

C: Practical skills

C1 Critically read and evaluate primary sources
C2 Critically read and evaluate secondary sources
C3 Organise and present, orally and in writing, ideas and material in the chosen modern language(s)
C4 Gather and process information from different sources, e.g. do a bibliographic search in the library, access material from online databases and locate and download apppropriate modern language materials from the Web
Learning Methods: C1 and C2 are developed on History courses through participation in seminar discussion, focusing on prepared readings or set questions; preparation of written work and oral presentations.

The final-year dissertation, if undertaken, enables students to take skills C1 and C2 to a higher level.

C3 and C4 are developed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.
Assessment Methods: C1 and C2 are assessed on History courses through the usual means of coursework and examination.

In particular, C1 is assessed by document analysis, C2 by essays.

The practical skill of working under pressure and without notes to produce cogent arguments in written work is assessed by the first-year examination in the History pre-requisite course for the scheme.

C3 and C4 are assessed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.

D: Key skills

D1 Communicate ideas effectively using oral and written means including essays, other written work, oral presentations or contributions (including in the chosen modern language/s)
D2 Make appropriate use of information technology to research and present materials
D4 Analyse and explain historical data, understand and produce answers to essay questions, analyse modern language materials and manage work timetables
D5 Participate effectively as a member of a group to the benefit of oneself and others
D6 Work autonomously showing organisation, self-discipline and time management; reflect on their own work and respond constructively to the comments of others; learn new material; adapt to new ways of learning
Learning Methods: Information technology is taught through independent learning supported by the university's online key skills package and the Computing Service.

Use of email and the internet is part of effective course participation and students are required to check their university email account at least once a week during term-time.

Students are strongly encouraged to produce coursework in word-processed form in both History and Modern Languages and it is a formal requirement that the final-year independent research dissertaton is typed or word-processed.

The use of electronic library catalogues and other relevant electronic bibliographic resources and the use and interpretation of relevant material via the internet is introduced in the first year.

Students build on these skills in subsequent years.
On Modern Language courses, students undertake laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials.
Problem-solving, communication, working with others and improving own learning and performance are implicit throughout the degree.
Assessment Methods: Key skills are assessed through the usual methods of coursework, including evaluation of seminar performance, and also for D1, D4 by examination.

Management of work timetables is assessed by the requirement that students meet coursework deadlines and deadlines in the preparation and submission of their final-year project, if undertaken.

The coursework journal for HR211 requires students to reflect on their progress.

D5 is assessed through role-play activities and presentations in language classes.

Modern language modules require use of IT in web-based assignments, and Powerpoint presentations..


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