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The presentation which accompanied Charlie Rozier's talk on studying humanities at university (Tuesday 19/06)

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  • 1. History at University Charlie Rozier (Durham University Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)c.c.rozier@durham.ac.ukwww.dur.ac.uk/history/postgraduate/current/charlierozier/Blog: rozierhistorian.wordpress.com
  • 2. Why History?1: Personal Interest?2: Career Prospects?
  • 3. Skills Learned through History (Cardiff University)- How to read critically and think independently- How to gather, organise, and interpret evidence- How to analyse and assess a wide variety of viewpoints and complex situations- How to construct a logical and well- supported argument- How to communicate effectively in written work and oral presentations- How to organise and manage your time and assignments- How to work independently and as part of a group
  • 4. What is it like? Learning Activities include:• Going to lectures• ‘Private Study’ (Reading and note-taking on your own in the library, or at home in your room)• Going to Tutorials or Seminars (classes with a teacher present)
  • 5. What is it like? Sample Timetable
  • 6. Research-led TeachingMost universities teach through ‘Research-Led Teaching.This means:Students constructing their own knowledge, by being shown howto research for themselves and being given the means by whichto do so, including:• Introductory lectures outlining previous historical argumentsand problems surrounding the topic• Reading-lists and guides to resources/sources which help toaddress these leading issues• Tutorials or Seminars, in which students talk about what theyhave read, and collectively discover new interpretations andanswers (led by a Tutor).
  • 7. Sample Curriculum at Durham Universityhttp://www.dur.ac.uk/history/undergraduate/ (Click link to play the video)
  • 8. Learning Environments
  • 9. Some first-year History courses from Durham University• New Heaven, New Earth: Latin Christendom and the World, 1000-1300 A.D.• The Birth of Western Society, 300-1050 A.D.• Reformation Europe• Politics, Information and Culture in Stuart Britain, 1603-1714• Monarchy and Religion in the British world since 1660• Tensions of Empire: British Imperialism, 1763-1963• Britain as an Economic Superpower, 1750-1914• Enslavement, Exclusion, Assimilation: the Great Racial Dilemma in Nineteenth- Century America• Introduction to Chinese History• Soviet Revolution• The Making of Modern Africa
  • 10. What do History Students do afterwards? Ally Taught English in Japan (2006-11) before travelling home overland via Central Asia and Russia. Now teaches Japanese in London
  • 11. What do History Students do afterwards? Erin Works for a Marketing company in London
  • 12. What do History Students do afterwards? Ned Studied fine art in Cornwall, now runs his own gardening business
  • 13. What do History Students do afterwards? Franco Works for his local Conservative MP, aiming for a career in politics
  • 14. What do History Students do afterwards? Laura Also taught English in Japan. Worked for an English-language newspaper in Tokyo, before returning to London to work for an on-line fashion magazine
  • 15. What do History Students do afterwards? Chloé Returned to France to study journalism, now working for a computer gaming magazine with occasional TV appearances!
  • 16. What do History Students do afterwards? Statistics Source: www.prospects.ac.uk
  • 17. What do History Students do afterwards? Statistics Source: www.prospects.ac.uk
  • 18. How do I get on to a History course?1: Shop around! Not all universities offer the same types of courses and modules. Choose one that you are most interested in.2: Visit, visit, visit! You only really know what a place will be like once you go (don’t trust the idyllic prospectuses!)3: Stand out: make the University want you by showing why you are different, and why you want it more than any other applicants
  • 19. History at University Charlie Rozier (Durham University Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)c.c.rozier@durham.ac.ukwww.dur.ac.uk/history/postgraduate/current/charlierozier/Blog: http://rozierhistorian.wordpress.com