NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7

Third year, first and second semester course; up to two lectures per week and at least six tutorials in first semester; at least five seminars with ‘Special Topic’ supervisor in second semester.

Convener: Dr B Kar

Entrance requirements: HST2040F or HST2041F and any other 2000-level HST major courses, or by permission of the Head of Department.

Course outline: Aimed at teaching the students how to think as historians, this course explores the various conceptual and methodological issues lying at the heart of the historical discipline. In the first semester, the students are introduced to the framing debates and key developments in recent historical writing and practice. In the second semester, they are distributed into more specialised fields of historical research and may be encouraged to do controlled primary research or fieldwork.

Lecture times: 3rd period (first semester only)

DP requirements: 100% of required coursework; course evaluation is to be completed.

Assessment: Coursework counts for 25%, one take-home examination in June counts for 25%, and a Special Topic project submitted in October counts for the remaining 50%.