Contemporary policy issues often have long historical precedents. History can therefore provide policymakers with some perspective through the knowledge of past patterns, and when used responsibly, it can have a constructive influence on policy. This course aims to look how history can be relied on to enhance an understanding of the present as well as raise awareness of the dangers of the negative abuse of history. It will encourage innovative ways to use historical knowledge to address present and future policy issues.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an awareness of the past to better understand contemporary issues.
2. Critically evaluate policy-making situations within a long-term context
3. Critically analyse the benefits to using history alongside the negative attempts to abuse history
4. Conduct independent research
5. Acquire highly developed oral and written communication skills
Indicative AssessmentShort assignment (20%);
Major research paper (50%);
End of semester examination (30%)
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WorkloadTwo-hour weekly seminars (24 hours)
Three two hour extra research skills seminars (6 hours)
Individual study approx 8-10 hours per week (100-120 hours)
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