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HIST411: Approaches to Social History

Available 2013/2014

Course Convenor: Dr John Welshman

Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan This module introduces you to recent developments in social history and to the concepts, theories, and skills used in research in this field. In the first half of the module we will focus on large historiographical themes. This will include thinking about the importance of labour history, oral history, the history of violence, and the history of sexuality in social history. The module also gives students the opportunity to develop and pursue their own particular interests in social history. The second half of the module will be organised around the social histories of place, crime and gossip, and the post-modern challenge. This module is compulsory for those whose research topics are in social history and who wish to be considered in applying for funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.

Taught: Lent Term.

Assessment: Presentation and report (20%), essay (80%) equivalent to 5,000 words.

Introductory Reading:

  • Burke, Peter (ed.), New Perspectives on Historical Writing, 2nd edition, (2001).
  • Evans, R.J., In Defence of History (1997).
  • Fairburn, Miles, Social History: Problems, Strategies and Methods (1999).
  • Green, Anna and Kathleen Troup (eds.), The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth Century History and Theory (1999).

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