Making History: Issues in the Study of the Past module (HY31029)

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Module code


  • Level 3
  • Semester 1
  • History Single Honours core module
  • History - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 50% Examination 50%
  • Strongly recommended for History Joint Honours


This module provides an introduction to major issues in exploring the past, enhancing your study of History at Levels 3 & 4.

It enables you to do three things:

  1. to appreciate different kinds of History teaching and research;
  2. to learn how historians 'make' History (through interpreting and writing about the past), and
  3. to realise the role of History in today's public life, media and the heritage industry.

The class equips you with conceptual abilities for future study and careers, enhancing your awareness of the uses of History in the Humanities and in the professions.

Among the topics you will look at on this module are:

  • Heritage Industry
  • History in the Media
  • Public Perceptions of History
  • "Symbolic Worlds": the Rise of Cultural
  • Impact of Postmodernism
  • History as Narrative
  • Memory and the Retrieval of the Past
  • Morality and History


Dr John Regan


Students have three teaching contact hours per week consisting of weekly lectures and tutorials interspersed with some workshops/visits/practical exercises. The students will complete around 15 to 20 hours of independent study each week in addition to class teaching so to attain a high level of knowledge and understanding commensurate with SCQF Level 10 benchmarking.


This module is assessed as follows:

  • Two module journals worth 25% each
  • Examination 50%


Introductory Reading

  • Stefan Berger et al, (eds)., Writing History: Theory and Practice (London 2003)
  • Callum Brown., Postmoderism for Historians (London 2005)
  • Richard Evans., In Defence of History (London 1997)

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