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American History (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
American History (Including Foundation Year)
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University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
History
BA VT2T
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
15/04/2017

UK and EU applicants should have, or expect to have:

72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

Essex Pathways Department accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. 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 required. 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

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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 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HR100-4-FY The Making of the Modern World since 1750 Core 30
02 HR101-4-AU Becoming a Historian Compulsory 15
03 HR162-4-SP The Great American Experiment Compulsory 15
04 History option from list Optional 30
05 Option from list Optional 30

Year 2 - 2021/22

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

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HR831-6-FY Research Project Compulsory 30
02 History option(s) from list Optional 30
03 History option(s) from list Optional 30
04 History option(s) from list Optional 30

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

To impart to students essential skills and methods of historical and literary analysis, and a capacity to bring these to bear upon primary and secondary sources

To provide a wide-ranging curriculum encompassing several genres, periods and themes

To develop the capacity to bring the disciplines of history and literature together

To enable students to arrive at a critical appreciation of the relationship of phenomena and texts to context

To enable students to design and conduct an independent study on a specialist topic of their choice

To develop in students those skills

- of research, critical enquiry, argument, communication and presentation

- that can be applied in further study and in a wide range of occupations

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 historical phenomena on the broader (continental or global) scale and/or a range of English literature from the early modern period to present-day, including knowledge of a variety of genres.
A2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of thematic historical topics and/or the major literary figures, tendencies of movements covered by the degree scheme
A4 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles of historical analysis (such as concepts of continuity, change, and comparative analysis) and/or the basic methods of critical analysis and argument that pertain to the study of literature
A5 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sources available for historical research
A6 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the disciplines of history and literature can fruitfully be brought together, so that the student is able to place literature in its historical context, and understand historical and cultural phenomena through the study of literature
Learning Methods: The structure of the degree is based on progression from outline topics in the first year (A1) to more specialised courses (A2 and A3) in the second and third years.

Knowledge of A1-A5 are acquired through lectures, seminars, independent reading and coursework (with regular feedback, both oral and written, from tutors).

The historical skills referred to in A4 are developed in particular in the second-year course ‘‘Making Histories: concepts, themes and sources’‘.

A5 is the focus of the third-year independent dissertation.

A6 is acquired through the special course, Fictions of Empire, that brings the disciplines together.
Assessment Methods: Knowledge and understanding of A1-5 is continuously assessed through coursework and examination.

Essays are the principal form of coursework assessment, supplemented by a range of other assessments which may include document analyses, reviews, and other shorter assignments; assessed presentations and oral contributions; and in-class tests.

The independent dissertaton tests knowledge of A5 in particular through a dissertation of up to 12,000 words.

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.

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

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Assemble, analyse and synthesise primary and secondary data
B2 Formulate and answer historical questions and/or read complex texts and comment cogently on them
B3 Evaluate and compare historical interpretations and/or identify and interrogate critical positions regarding literature
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, arguments and connections, using historical evidence and/or literary materials
Learning Methods: All skills are introduced and developed through in-class discussions essays, and other written and oral assignments.

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

Assessment Methods: All skills are assessed through the usual means of coursework and examination: a variety of types of coursework (including an independent research project) across the 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 pre-requisite module for the course.

C: Practical skills

C1 Critically read and evaluate historical and/or literary primary sources
C2 Critically read and evaluate secondary sources relating to the study of literature and/or history
C3 Work in groups to consider a question or clarify a topic
C4 Ability to construct appropriate bibliographies and to present work according to academic conventions
C5 Capacity to utilize terminology and methods appropriate for historical and/or literary analysis
Learning Methods: Participation in seminar discussion, focusing on prepared readings or set questions, develops skill C3; preparation of work for submission develops skills C1 and C2, with a strong emphasis on certain kinds of primary sources in the Fictions of Empire course.

The final year dissertation enables students to take skill C2 and in some cases skill C1 to a higher level.

Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their dissertation with members of academic staff but are required to conduct their own bibliographic research and formulate their own lines of investigation.

Skills C4 and C5 are developed through essay and project work.
Assessment Methods: All skills are assessed 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.

D: Key skills

D1 Communicate ideas effectively using oral and written means including essays, other written work, oral presentations or contributions, and discussion
D2 Make appropriate use of information technology to research and present materials
D4 Analyse and explain evidence, understand and produce answers to essay questions, and manage work timetables
D5 Participate effectively as a member of a group to the benefit of oneself and others
D6 Use feedback from tutors to improve written and oral work and reflect on progress
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 and it is a formal requirement that the final-year independent research dissertation 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.

Where relevant, students are encouraged to use, present or evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.

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 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 dissertation.

The coursework journal for HR211 requires students to reflect on their progress.
D5 is assessed through a participation mark.
The coursework journal for HR211 requires students to reflect on their progress.


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