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HI4997 Recording the Past

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the Second year of the Honours Programme.
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

With the consent of the module coordinator and of the Chair of the Degree Committee, candidates may submit a project in the form of a radio programme, video documentary, website or other appropriate medium. RECORDING THE PAST is designed to encourage the development of skills of historical analysis through concentrated study on a chosen topic and, in addition, the development of new skills of presentation through multimedia. Group projects are welcome, their volume being dependent on the numbers involved. Regardless of the medium used, the project outcome is assessed on the quality of the research and analysis (including oral interviews and photographic, film or sound sources) and on the technical quality of the final outcome. The project may build on work already done in another module, but it must break new ground and use substantially new research. While some training in multimedia techniques will be offered, the student should already possess some experience in the medium in which he/she chooses to present the project.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


HI4997, HI4998, CL4999 or with permission HI4999 is compulsory for History. HI4997, HI4998, or with permission HI4999 is compulsory for Modern History, Scottish History, and BA (Intl Hons) History. HI4999 (or HI4997, or HI4998 when permitted to take ID4002 and HI4101) is compulsory for Mediaeval History, Mediaeval Studies

Optional for Middle East Studies.

UG Anti-requisite(s):HI4998, HI4999, ME4998, CL4999

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:Weekly seminars, fieldwork and film/video viewing.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 50%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:5,000-word essay (it can be on the same general subject as the original project, but not addressing the same question)


Module coordinator:Prof G DeGroot
Module teaching staff:Prof G DeGroot