History with Welsh History (BA)
The dynamic and contested history of modern Wales is a particular area of teaching strength at Cardiff University.
Cardiff, as capital city of Wales, is the most appropriate site for the study of Welsh History.
This degree offers a unique opportunity to specialise in aspects of Wales's past alongside the study of wider themes and periods. It allows you to place Wales in context, but also to reflect upon Wales's contributions to broader historical developments.
The department has internationally-renowned specialists offering courses in areas such as Welsh migration in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the inter-war Depression and the impact of socialist thought. Another area of expertise is early modern Wales, where the subjects covered include the nature of Welsh identity in a period of political and religious upheaval and the nature of crime and punishment. Distinctively, this degree allows you to develop your own research agenda for exploring Welsh history and historical writing through independent study in the second and third years.
History with Welsh History allows you to 'do history' yourself, and acquire the sorts of skills that employers prize. You will learn to think independently, and to analyse and assess a body of material, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and present your conclusions orally and in well-written, lucid prose.
|Entry point||September 2016|
|Studying in Welsh||This course offers elements that are taught through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.|
|Typical places available||The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||Grades ABB, to include History and Welsh. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grades ABB from the Welsh Baccalaureate and two A-level subjects to include History and Welsh.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||33 points from the International Baccalaureate, to include 6 points in Higher Level History and Welsh.|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Dr Lloyd Bowen, Admissions Tutor
Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.
This is a three year long degree programme comprising of core modules as well as optional modules for you to select from in order to tailor your degree to meet your interests.
Most history modules are taught through a combination of lectures, private study, seminars and individual feedback. Lectures, usually one per week, provide guidance concerning the issues and problems to be followed up in your own reading and writing. For each seminar you will do six to eight hours of preparation, and in the session itself you will use the knowledge thus acquired to present and test your arguments. In the process, you will also receive feedback on them from lecturers and fellow students. In your essays you will combine a range of sources – sometimes contradictory – into a coherent argument of your own, backed by evidence. Again, you will receive individual feedback from lecturers, in writing and orally.
Core courses in years one and two usually comprise weekly lectures, supplemented by fortnightly seminars in small groups. In year two and especially year three, the emphasis shifts further towards seminar work, with individual supervision for extended essays and dissertations. In total, you would be expected to work 35-40 hours per week. You will be assessed largely by written examinations and coursework essays. You will also write longer essays, source criticisms, critical reviews of scholarly articles, and a dissertation, and you will give oral presentations in certain courses.
Our courses are the product of rigorous design work and of continuous re-evaluation. Academics staff, students and outside experts work together to ensure that degree schemes meet quality standards in their disciplines. Student representatives play a full part in the Departmental Board of Studies and its Working Groups. Each student is assigned a personal tutor with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress. Every member of staff has weekly office hours in which you may seek further support. The University and Students Union also offer a range of advice and counselling services.
The first year provides a graduated transition to studying history at degree level, and offers instruction in the skills, techniques and arguments that you will use in your other courses.
Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.
Students studying this course may take one or two modules from another Academic School, selected from the University’s Free Standing Module Collection.
In your final year, you take three advanced option modules, and may, if you wish, choose to specialise in terms of period, approach or geographical area. You also write a dissertation based on original sources. The Dissertation represents, in many ways, the culmination of the experience of "doing history" at Cardiff, and enables you to gain genuine research experience and develop the skills needed to research an historical problem and present your findings in a critical, analytical and coherent study.
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion offers programmes that are exciting, cutting edge, research- led and in tune with demand. The School maintains a thoroughly student-orientated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills and offering the highest quality learning environment in which individuals can develop.
Teaching is delivered through a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars, workshops, field courses and tutorials. Staff place value on small teaching groups and tutorials, and on contact with students. They believe that seminars and tutorials are an essential part of learning: they allow you to develop your skills in setting out your ideas and arguments and in communicating your knowledge, skills which are developed through the range of assessment methods we use in our modules. In addition, our degrees focus strongly on the development of skills essential for many careers.
The School's programmes develop a range of important intellectual skills, including critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments based on evidence, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. You will also gain valuable practical skills — for example, team-working, independent research and time management.
You will be assigned a personal tutor who is able to advise on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner. Students may have problems from time to time and the personal tutor system is designed to overcome these as effectively and quickly as possible. Strong pastoral support within the School is supplemented by university-wide assistance in housing, finances and career development.
Welsh language teaching
The department provides significant opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Subject to staff availability, seminar teaching in Welsh is available on some or all of the major core courses, and at least one Welsh language option is offered in years two and three. Welsh language supervision is also available for long essays (Exploring Historical Debate) and dissertations, and students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh.
History Graduates find work in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment. Some graduates choose to enter employment in related fields, such as museum work, and others undertake postgraduate study at Cardiff or elsewhere, and some have become internationally reputed historians. Cardiff University gives its graduates the best opportunities to find employment. History students are able to attend interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help identify their skills and attributes. In 2012, 85% of the School's graduates were in employment or engaged in further study within six months of graduation.
- Academic Researcher
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Overview and aims of this course/programme
BA History at Cardiff enables you to learn about the very different worlds of people in the past and to better understand the present. It gives you an insight into the process of change from ancient Greece and Rome, through the medieval to the modern periods. You may study the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, from India and China, through Germany and France, to Britain, Wales and Cardiff.
Above all you will learn to ‘do history’ yourself, and will thus acquire the sorts of skills that employers prize. You will learn to think independently, and to analyse and assess a body of material, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and present your conclusions in well-written, lucid prose, as well as verbally. Our friendly academic staff – all of whom are internationally reputed, published historians – will be on hand to guide you and provide feedback on your performance.
You may choose to specialize in History from the beginning of your first year, or you may choose to combine the study of history with a subsidiary subject taken from elsewhere in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. These subjects may include Archaeology, Politics, English Literature, Sociology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Languages, and more.
What should I know about year five?
It might seem that that you have very few hours of teaching, but as a student, you are expected to demonstrate that you are progressing academically by attending lectures, language classes, seminars and tutorials. It is extremely important that you attend all of your classes for the following reasons:
It is in the lectures that you find out what the key topics in your subject are, which can help you structure your additional reading.
Your seminars are the place for you to discuss issues raised in the course and from your reading, and to enhance and develop your understanding.
Both your lectures and seminars will help you prepare your essays and revise for your exams.
Your presence can also help others to learn (as well as you), whilst student absence disrupts the learning process for the whole group.
Attendance atlectures, seminars, and tutorials is COMPULSORY. Therefore if you are unable to attend, you must notify your tutor or the History secretary in advance by telephone, by email or in writing in order to explain your absence. Further information on illness, reporting extenuating circumstances, and leave of absences can be found in the History Handbooks and Academic Regulations Handbook.
The Department expects that Students will:
attend all classes, punctually, and to explain any absence (in advance where possible)
prepare adequately for and contribute to seminars and tutorials
avoid plagiarism (plagiarism being work which uses the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such)
take responsibility for their own learning, with appropriate guidance monitor their own progress and take account of the feedback given
show respect for their fellow students, tutors and the learning environment
manage their time effectively so that they are adequately prepared for all classes and assignments
complete their assessments on time and in compliance with the instructions given
take responsibility for advising themselves of the regulations governing assessments
ensure that they are registered for the requisite number of modules and that the academic registry are aware of which modules they are taking
read all handbooks carefully and take appropriate action
regularly access their University e-mail account
ask members of staff before using their names as referee
How is this course/programme structured?
BA History is a three year degree programme. It is structured so that you acquire in successive years the knowledge and skills required to become an independent researcher, equipped for high-level professional employment.
Core Module in Year One:
History in Practice
Typical Optional Modules in Year One:
The Making of the Modern World
Early Modern England and Wales
Making Global Histories: Asia and the West
Core Modules in Year Two:
Approaches to History
Exploring Historical Debate: An Independent Study
Typical Optional Modules in Year Two:
Heresy and Dissent 1000-1450
War, Peace and Diplomacy c.900-c.1250
The British Civil Wars and Revolution, C.1638-1649
Managing the Mind: Psychiatry, Psychology and British Culture, 1800-2000
A Great Leap Forward: China Transformed 1840-Present
From King Coal To Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000
India and the Raj 1857-1947
Dynamics of Witchcraft 1450-1750
Medicine and Society in Britain and Europe 1789-1919
Migrant Wales 1790-1939
Core Module in Year Three:
Typical Optional Modules in Year Three:
Military Orders 1100-1320
Slavery and Sin
Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval Europe
Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945
Politics, Economics and Strategy: Britain's European Dilemma 1951-1975
Crime and Disorder: England and Wales 1500-1750
Race, Sex and Empire: India 1765-1929
Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain 1880-1918
Culture, Society and Identity in Wales 1847-1914
Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales 1918-39
Identity and the British State: Wales, 1485-1660
Women, Health and Medicine in British Society, 1870-1980
The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture 1800-1914
*The modules available can change from year to year depending upon staff and teaching schedules, and are not guaranteed.
What should I know about year four?
You will not need any specific equipment.
What should I know about year three?
The acquisition of skills and of intellectual understanding generally is progressive. As you progress through your degree we will raise our expectations of the depth and breadth of your studies. In broad terms:
Year One introduces you to a variety and range of approaches used in history.
Year Two provides you with specific training in the critical analysis of concepts, theories and methods used by historians.
Final Year provides you with the opportunity to develop these skills through a systematic engagement with, and interrogation of primary sources in your modules and in the production of a Dissertation based on original research.
You are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and for the presentation of your findings. We cannot learn for you, but it is our responsibility to help you learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and to help you become independent learners. This is why, for example, the second year of study includes an Independent Study (HS1711), which allows you to investigate how different historians have approached a particular historical problem and the assumptions that have guided them supported by tutorials and skills workshops. The module is vital training for single honours History students which, alongside HS1701 Approaches to Historyand Year 2 option modules, underpins the Advanced Options modules and the HS1801 Dissertationyou take in the Final Year (these modules are also available as options for joint degree students). By the end of the degree, you will have acquired a thorough grounding in what the great historian Marc Bloch once famously described as ‘the historian’s craft’.
What should I know about the preliminary year?
Most History modules are taught through a combination of lectures, private study, seminars and individual feedback. Lectures, usually one per week, provide guidance concerning the issues and problems to be followed up in your own reading and writing. For each seminar you will do six to eight hours of preparation, and in the session itself you will use the knowledge thus acquired to present and test your arguments. In the process, you will also receive feedback on them from lecturers and fellow students. In your essays you will combine a range of sources – sometimes contradictory – into a coherent argument of your own, backed by evidence. Again, you will receive individual feedback from lecturers, in writing and orally.
Core courses in Years One and Two usually comprise weekly lectures, supplemented by fortnightly seminars in small groups. In Year Two and especially Year Three, the emphasis shifts further towards seminar work, with individual supervision for extended essays and dissertations. In total, you would be expected to work 35-40 hours per week.
Some modules of the programme are available to be taught through the medium of Welsh.
What should I know about year one?
The forms of Assessment for the Programme as a whole should be listed here (both formative and summative), including any distinctive features (e.g. major project work). You should explain how the forms of Assessment will enable all students to demonstrate achievement of the Programme learning outcomes. Any academic or competence standards which may limit the availability of adjustments or alternative assessments for disabled students should be clearly stated.
Please also describe the various ways students will receive feedback throughout the duration of the programme, from presentations, seminars, personal tutors and any other available option.
You will be assessed largely by written examinations and coursework essays. You will also write longer essays, source criticisms, critical reviews of scholarly articles, and a dissertation, and you will give oral presentations in certain courses. The marking criteria for this work measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes for the Programme.
Progression is built into assessment, in that students do smaller guided tasks in Year one, as well as formative essays in Years Two and Three. Progression is also evident in the growing emphasis on lengthier, independent work: students write a 4,000-word essay as part of History in Practice in Year one, a 6,000-word Exploring Historical Debate Essay in Year Two, and a 10,000-word dissertation in Year Three.
You will receive feedback through formative written work, seminar discussion, written feedback on essays, essay tutorials, and Dissertation and Exploring historical Debate supervision sessions (which include oral and written feedback on bibliographies, research plans, and draft chapters).
Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress and discuss any problems or circumstances that adversely affect your studies. Please see the relevant History Notice Boards on the fourth floor of the John Percival Building for information on your Personal Tutor. If your Personal Tutor is unavailable, and you wish urgently to discuss matters with a member of staff, you may seek advice from the Senior Tutor or another member of staff. Every member of staff has weekly office hours in which you may seek further support.
- demonstrate critical understanding of the past through study of historians’ work (historiography) and of source material;
- demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of human history across a wide geographical and chronological range;
- identify patterns of change and to locate detailed examination of particular themes, episodes and events within them;
- demonstrate a general understanding of the various approaches adopted by historians to the study of the past and give a critical appraisal of their relevance to the study of particular periods and themes;
- develop a reasoned, coherent, argument about specific problems, deploying appropriate evidence, and demonstrating awareness of the limits of their knowledge;
- achieve the above objectives both independently and as part of a team;
- produce a major piece of research of their own (dissertation);
- demonstrate understanding of debates concerning the place of history in contemporary society.
How will I be taught?
Students will develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employers also value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. They learn to work both independently and as part of a team. Students have the opportunity to study abroad during the second year through the Erasmus programme and other exchange agreements with universities overseas. The University-wide ‘Languages for All’ programme will allow students to study a foreign language free of charge alongside their degree programme.
Dr Lloyd Bowen, Admissions Tutor
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