I’m excited to tell you about the modules I’ve chosen for next year! However, I need to wait for a confirmation email to make sure they have the right amount of numbers for the classes! 🙂
Trimester 1: September -> January
Compulsory module: Thinking about the Past.
I’ll learn about the history of history 😉 Haha. It teaches how historical writing has evolved between ancient times and now.
- 1,500-word essay on pre-modern history
- 1,500-word essay on modern history
- Seminar participation
Choice 1: Romans and Barbarians.
It focuses on the relationship between the Romans and their neighbours (who they called barbarians). It’ll analyse whether the classical depiction of both peoples is correct and I’ll get to learn about the way each culture lived 🙂
- Museum report
- Online quiz
- 2,000-word essay
Choice 2: Game of History.
I’m so excited about this one! It teaches the connection between history and games, exploring its uses in leisure time and also in education and military pursuits. It’s not strictly a history of games, but rather how history and games merge to teach us about historical events, and whether it’s an accurate portrayal. It’ll focus on both traditional and digital games.
- 2,000-word group project (I wonder if we’ll be making our own game?!!)
- 3,000-word essay
Trimester 2: February -> May
Compulsory module: Communicating the Past: The Virtual Historian.
This one will teach me the skills I need to do my own research, which will be essential for my dissertation the following year. It focuses on analysing different types of sources and how to go through archives. The write-up says I’ll need to choose one of these sources to research in depth and create a blog-post which will appeal to a non-academic audience.
- 4,000-word e-Portfolio (I have no idea what this entails…)
- 1,000-word virtual exhibit blog-post
Choice 1: Emperors, Vikings, Scholars: The Transformation of Barbarians Europe, 750-1000.
This looks at the revival of Western Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire. I’ll learn about the Carolingian Empire. From what I can gather, they were the first large-scale European empire since the Romans and did some amazing things in relation to creating organisation in Europe. It’ll go through the birth of this empire, all the way through to its end. After this, I’ll learn about the Vikings! Again, I’ll learn about the Viking attacks through to their conversion to Christianity. The purpose of the module is to see the cultural and political influences which eventually shaped modern Europe.
- Workshop participation
- 2,000-word essay
- 2,500-word essay
Choice 2: Enlightenment, Reform, and Revolution: Europe in the Long Eighteenth Century.
Pretty straight forward this one. It’s based between the early modern and modern periods and focuses on the relationship between political institutions, religious houses, and intellectual movements. It should give a good overview of the period! It leads to us understanding what political movements shaped the modern period 🙂 I’ll also learn about the French Revolution and the Napoleonic age as case studies for this period. I enjoyed learning about the early modern state last semester, so I decided to take this one because it focused on several topics that interested me! 🙂
- Poster presentation
- 2,000-word essay
I think the modules really compliment each other! I’ve tried to stay well away from modern history by opting for earlier periods were possible. I couldn’t totally escape it though as it’s part of the core modules. In a way I’m glad about this, it’ll make me a more well-rounded historian… however, I don’t enjoy modern history – I find it depressing and too fresh. It’s easier to separate yourself from earlier histories.
The module I’m most looking forward to is Game of History. It seemed like a total wildcard! I love playing games, I have a huge pile and it’s still growing, so it’ll be very interesting to see what the module says about it! Also, will we get to play any games in this module? 😉 He he.
If you’d like to see which modules I chose for my first year, you can find that here.
What do you think? Do you have any insights on these topics? Are you studying history and have chosen next years choices? Let me know in the comments! 🙂