This module examines the development of historical writing and debates around the meaning of history. Overall, the framework is chronological, taking you on a journey from Herodotus and other historians of the ancient world, through to the development of history as a professional discipline in the nineteenth century, and finally on to more recent debates about ‘postmodernism’. Both western and non-western history-writing traditions are discussed for comparative purposes. On the way, in both lectures and in small tutorial groups, you will need to think about the nature of historical ‘truth’ and objectivity, and will be asked to reflect upon your own status and practice as historians.
History has never been so popular. This course explores the development in recent years of ‘public history’, or the ways in which the past is used and written about by academic and popular historians, the heritage industry, journalists, the state, and the wider public. The module examines the nature of ‘public history’ through a series of case-studies, including topics such as how history is presented on the television and in film; history in museums and heritage sites; community and oral history; the memory of the Holocaust; debates in European societies about ‘making amends’ for slavery and the colonial past; and the uses of history in contemporary South Asia. You will be given the opportunity to make your own contribution to the field through your own ‘public history’ project.
This is your core Spanish language module in which you will develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the Spanish language. There are three hours of seminars per week well as a grammar lecture taught fortnightly. Teaching is done in small groups and conducted largely in Spanish. The module consists of a combination of textual analysis and grammar consolidation, combining in situ exercises with homework revision; grammar work; lexical work and oral and listening work to develop lexical and communicative skills through the use of varied media such as the use of audio-visual aids, oral presentations and debates. You will take part in group discussions and have the chance to develop and practice your presentation skills.
This is your core Spanish language module in which you will continue to develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the Spanish language. It consists of a combination of textual analysis and grammar consolidation, combining in-situ exercises with homework revision; grammar work; lexical work and oral and listening work to develop lexical and communicative skills through the use of varied media such as the use of audio-visual aids, oral presentations and debates. Through oral practice you will have the opportunity to take part in group discussions and have the chance to develop and practice youyr presentation skills.
This is your core Spanish language module (beginners’ pathway). It is taught intensively in five weekly seminar hours. The first three hours are devoted to work on reading, writing and listening comprehension skills combining both in-situ exercises with homework revision that students will have prepared for the day. The fourth hour is reserved for oral practice, which happens in the form of debates, role plays or text commentaries. The fifth hour is a grammar lecture in which new verb tenses and grammatical structures are introduced.
This module allows yous to undertake a small research project of your own. You will sign up for one of approximately twenty-five advertised thematic ‘workshops’ run by academics within the department, and through a series of seminars will explore key themes and debates that allow you to identify a project of your own choosing. The course also includes training in research and writing skills, and is excellent preparation for your final-year dissertation.
This module will ensure that you have a cogent, practicable and interesting research topic to write your independent essay, and that you are equipped with the appropriate skills and a timetable for undertaking and producing research and writing in a timely manner. You will be encouraged to consult with the module leader and your supervisors to develop your research topic.
This is an intensive course with four hours per week of contact in each term, plus an extra hour of oral practice. The first two hours are devoted to work on reading, writing and oral skills combining in-situ exercises with homework revision that you will have prepared for the day (usually a journalistic text). The third hour is reserved for the listening comprehension exercises which sometimes take place in language laboratories. The last hour is a grammar lecture in which new verb tenses and grammatical structures are introduced and subsequently put into practice during the next two hours of the following week.
Classes will focus on a piece of Spanish or English from a literary or (quality) journalistic source. You will be required to draft an English or Spanish translation of it in preparation for the class, which will be spent discussing the relative merits of different versions. Some time will be devoted to vocabulary acquisition and the consideration of professional translations too.
The third year of this degree programme will be spent abroad, either studying or working or both. It is usually expected that students will spend at least 9 months overseas, in countries where the native langauges match the languages the student is studying. Students studying two langauges will be expected to divide their time between two relevant countries, i.e. one for each langauge. The School of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures will support students in finding a suitable study or work placement, but students are also expected to explore opportunities independently and the ultimate responsibility for securing such a placement lies with the student. Alternatively students may choose to enrol for courses at a partner university in the relevant country. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme; students on placement will be asked to complete assessed work which will be credited towards their degree, while in the case of those studying at a university, marks obtained for courses taken will be credited towards their degree. The same applies to the assessment of spoken language on return to Royal Holloway from the period of residence abroad.
You will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic of your own choosing, with an academic supervisor vho will provide regular consultation.
This is your core language module in Spanish, in which you will continue to develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending Spanish. It is taught entirely in Spanish, and takes the form of a combination of formal grammar lectures and seminars focused on written and oral skills. The module concentrates on textual analysis and grammar consolidation, combining in situ exercises with homework prepared in advance; grammar work: theory and practice; lexical work. You will deliver presentations in Spanish and take part in debates. You will also refine your knowledge of aspects of contemporary Spanish by studying films, podcasts, news broadcasts and other audiovisual aids.
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
History: Gods, Men and Power - An Introduction to the Ancient World from Homer to Mohammed
History: Republics, Kings and People - The Foundations of European Political Though from Plato to Rousseau
History: The Rich Tapestry of Life - Early Modern England, Europe and the Wider World, 1453 to 1789
History: Conflict and Identity in Modern Europe, 1770 to 2000
History: Mao to Mandela - Tentieth Century Leaders of the Non-Western World
History: Rome to Renaissance - An Introduction to the Middle Ages
Spanish: International Film 1 - Contexts and Practices
Spanish: The Birth of Film
Spanish: Introduction to Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish
Spanish: Passion and Betrayal on the Spanish Stage
Spanish: Text and Image in the Hispanic World
Spanish: Culture and Society in Modern Spain
Spanish: Culture and Identity in Latin America
Spanish: Authors and Readers in 20th Century Spanish American Fiction
Spanish: Comparative Hispanic Culture
Spanish: Visualising Cuba - Text, Image and Representation
History: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic
History: The Persuit of Power - Europe, 1000 to 1250
History: The Flowering of the Middle Ages - Politics, Pestilence and War, 1300 to 1500
History: The European Crucible, 1914 to 1947 - Politics, Culture and Society
History: New World, Lost World - The Tudor Monarchy 1485 to 1603
History: The Georginas - Politics, Society, and Culture 1688 to 1832
History: Nineteenth-Century Europe - Society and Culture, 1789 to 1905
History: Twentieth-Century World History - The Middle East, Africa and Latin America
History: Medicine from Antiquity to the Medieval Near East
History: The Victorians - British History, 1837 to 1901
History: History of the USA, 1787 to 1877
History: Spain, 1898 to 1939
History: Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy, 1939 to 1989
History: Awakening China - From the Opium Wars to the Present Day
History: Science in Greek and Roman Antiquity
History: Mutiny to Modi - the Indian Subcontinent from the 19th Century to the Present
History: Spain, 1898 to 1939
History: Spain - from Dictatorship to Democracy
Spanish: Principles and Practice of Translation, English into Spanish
Spanish: Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spanish Film
Spanish: Myths of the Feminine in the Spanish Novel
Spanish: Twentieth Century Mexican Visual Arts and Film
Spanish: Religion and Society in the 16th and 17th Century Hispanic World
Spanish: Love in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel
History: Faith and Fire - Religious Culture in England, 1375 to 1525
History: The Origins and Impact of the Second Crusade, 1145 to 1149
History: Modernity and the Victorians - The Intellectual Response
History: Berlin - A European Metropolis from Kaiser to Kohl
History: The History and Historiography of the Holocaust
History: The Clash of Powers and Cultures - Sino-American Relations during the Cold War
History: Christians and Pagans - From Constantine to Augustine
History: Victorian Babylon - Life, Work and People in London, 1840 to 1890
History: Comparing Religious Fundamentalisms in the 19th and 20th Centuries
History: Migration, Identity and Citizenship in Modern Britain
History: The Age of Terror - Terrorism from 1945 to Present
History: Talking Cures and Troubles: The Oral History of Health and Medicine in Britain, 1948 to 2000
History: Drawing the Line - Independence, Partition, and the Making of India and Pakistan
History: Progress and its Discontents - European Culture, 1890 to 1914
Spanish: The Gothic Mode in Spanish and English Fiction
Spanish: Advanced Literary Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish
Spanish: Contemporary Mexican Cinema
Spanish: Spanish American Literature - An Overview
Spanish: Seducing The Nation - Spanish Cinema 1940s to 1980s
Spanish: Conflict in 20th Century Latin American Literature and Culture
Spanish: Journeys of Discovery in Twentieth Century Spanish American Literature