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

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

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC210H4ACB

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