History, Theory and Method

This course provides a crucial introduction to the main theoretical debates and approaches within history. You will consider the key questions raised about the nature of history. How do historians do research and communicate it? As social beings, can historians be objective? Should morality play any role in historical judgements? This course explores the writing of history (historiography) from the earliest historians through to postmodernism. It asks how the upheavals of the 'present' affect historians' accounts of the past and looks especially at historiographical developments since the 19th century, including Ranke, Marx, the Annales School and postmodernism.

This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 23-Apr-18 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC210H4ACB