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HIST405: History for Life

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Available 2013/2014

Course Convenor: Dr Deborah Sutton

This course is designed to show how valuable History can be in understanding the world in which we live beyond the academy. Unlike most other courses in the MA, it is taught by lectures as well as seminars. The course is divided into five main thematic areas of enquiry: People and Environment, Geopolitics, Welfare and Social Policy, Finance and Knowledge Economy. Four lectures are given in each theme, addressing historical perspectives on contemporary debates and some potential applications of historical research techniques and historical knowledge to problems in these areas. The course is taught consortially, with different members of staff offering lectures according to their own expertise and interests.

At the end of the course, you will give a presentation to the group and produce a piece of work showing how your chosen dissertation topic could be disseminated to a non-academic audience, for example via a website, podcast or film.

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