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Local Historical Studies (Family and Community History)

Course overview

(Cont Ed Certificate) Certificate of Continuing Education
Local Historical Studies (Family and Community History)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Colchester Campus
Certificate Continuing Education
By credit accumulation

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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.


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 History option from list Optional 15
02 History option from list Optional 15
03 History option from list Optional 15
04 History option from list Optional 15

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 provide a flexible, part-time Higher Education level C programme of learning for members of the local community, whether or not they have previous experience of Higher Education.

To enable part-time adult students to become independent and confident learners with a range of appropriate subject-based and transferable skills that may facilitate lifelong learning.

To enable students to engage with themes and debates in local historical studies, and to be able to relate events at the local level to wider historical contexts.

To introduce students to a range of possible sources and methods for studying local history, and to enable students to begin to evaluate these sources and methods critically.

Students may use this as a first step towards obtaining higher level qualifications.

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 Knowledge of various aspects of the history of Essex
A2 Familiarity with the various methods used by local historians to reconstruct the past
A3 Knowledge of the different sources available for the study of local history
A4 Understanding of the relationship between local events and developments and wider historical contexts
Learning Methods: Knowledge of the subject is not assumed: all courses on offer provide an introduction to the basic principles and concepts of local historical studies, as well as providing students with substantive information about the themes and events covered.

All courses introduce students to the idea that local historical studies can be pursued using a variety of different primary sources and methods of interpretation.

Students are encouraged through their class discussions to engage in the analysis of primary and secondary sources, to debate different views and approaches, and to explore their own interpretations of key questions.

Courses are structured to build up students' knowledge and develop their skills cumulatively.
Assessment Methods: Assessment will be based on a mixture of essay work and shorter written tests (such as the analysis of selected primary sources).

Written assessment will test that a basic understanding of the main principles and concepts of local historical studies has been attained.

It also requires students to demonstrate that they are developing the skills of source analysis, and that they have an awareness of the range of approaches to and interpretations of local history.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Synthesise information from sources accurately and integrate this information into discussion and/or written work
B2 Critically read and evaluate primary and secondary sources
B3 Create structured arguments supported by historical evidence, both orally and in writing
B4 Make informed judgements about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches to the subject
Learning Methods: Through specific focus on themes, debates and sources in group discussion, students will be enabled to develop critical modes of enquiry about the selection and analysis of source material.

The ability to structure an argument based on historical evidence and to communicate it effectively verbally will also be developed through class discussions of key issues.
Assessment Methods: Written coursework, in the form of both essays and shorter written tests, will provide students with the opportunity to develop and practise their skills of critical source analysis, and to demonstrate that they can structure historical argument on the basis of evidence.

C: Practical skills

C1 Process relevant information from a variety of sources
C2 Present ideas and arguments accurately, in both verbal and written form
C3 Write clearly and effectively, using historical evidence
Learning Methods: All of these practical skills are developed in each module, partly through the class-based activities of source analysis and discussion of key debates and themes, and partly through the production of assessed coursework.

Course tutors will actively encourage students to participate in class activities and group discussions, in order to enable them to practise presenting information to others in a structured and historically-grounded manner.
Assessment Methods: Work completed for written assessments (as described under B) will test how effectively students have assimilated and can deploy these practical skills.

Feedback from course tutors will enable students to improve their acquisition of these skills.

D: Key skills

D1 Create structured arguments supported by historical evidence, both orally and in writing
D2 Identify, select and use information in a structured way in order to solve a recovnised problem/answer a particular question
D3 Engage in informed group discussions from which all students benefit
D4 Organise reading and thinking in relation to specified topics; react to feedback from tutors to improve own learning
Learning Methods: Students will develop and build on the key skills listed.

They will work alongside their peers in group discussions in seminars; this will enhance their team-working skills and enable them to engage in historical debate more effectively.

Students will be encouraged to read and analyse various sources and to present findings and arguments effectively as a course member.

They will develop the skills of effective time-management, working to deadlines, and problem-solving.
Assessment Methods: The assessment tasks (listed under B) will test students' ability to communicate effectively, to meet deadlines, to solve problems in response to specific questions, and to use academic resources critically and effectively.


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