Part I (PG Cert, PG Dip & MA)
Past Peoples, Present Societies: Research Methods and Skills (30 credits; compulsory)
This module aims to equip students with the requisite research knowledge, skills and competencies required to undertake and present independent historical research at postgraduate level. The module is structured to run alongside UWTSD’s Humanities research seminar series Past Peoples, Present Societies, with students expected to attend these (or follow on the VLE). Students will also access and interrogate different forms of historical evidence such as archives and electronic resources.
Introduction to Digital Humanities (30 credits; compulsory)
This module is a practical skills-based module. It engages with new forms of historical enquiry supported by emerging digital humanities. Students will acquire basic skills in programming, web design, database construction and XML. In exploring the design, creation, management and use of digital resources in the humanities students will interrogate the potential usefulness and limitations in historical research.
Fact or Fiction? Literature and History (30 credits; optional)
This module explores the relationship between historical ‘fact’ and the fictions of the past, and the problems and potentialities of literary approaches to history. It introduces students to diverse theoretical approaches and methodologies (historicism, new historicism, historical criticism, postmodernism, and literary theories) which are used to critically engage with literature produced in various historical periods.
History and Historians (30 credits; optional)
This module provides students with an understanding of the content, context, cultural and historical importance of a selection of medieval historical texts. It aims to familiarise students with the key themes, theories and concepts that have been proposed in relation to these texts and encourage them to evaluate these ideas. Students explore how people in the Middle Ages conceptualised the world and their past, examining different types of historical writing such as Chronicles, Histories, Annals, Biographies, and Gestae (Deeds). The focus is primarily on material from Western Europe to c. 1300.
Screening the Past: Film and History – Ancient, Medieval, Modern (30 credits; optional)
This module explores the history of cinema and the manner in which history has been represented in film. Students critically analyse films from different time periods and which depict different historical eras to consider the problems and potentialities of using historical film as a medium to understand, represent and interpret the past.
Welsh History and Heritage (30 credits; optional)
This module enables students to engage critically with key issues surrounding Welsh history and national identity and how these are manifested in contemporary culture and in heritage sites. It from the late 18thcentury onwards, and explores the influence that the medieval history of Wales has had on national identity and the Welsh national ‘revival’ of the 19th century. Alongside this, students will be introduced both to important local heritage sites and to key repositories, libraries and archives that can be used to research Welsh history and heritage.
Celtic Arthur and the Mabinogian Tales (30 credits; optional)
This module provides students with a systematic understanding of the content, context, cultural and historical importance of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi and examines a range of medieval Celtic Arthurian sources.
Women in the Middle Ages: Sources from the Celtic Regions (30 credits; optional)
This module provides students with an advanced knowledge of the complex range of extant sources relating to medieval women’s lives in the Celtic regions.
Work Placement (30 credits; optional)
This module gives students the opportunity to work in the heritage/museum (and related) industry for up to 4 weeks. Students develop a critical understanding of work-related issues and an awareness of professional standards and make a valid contribution to the aims, objectives or of the organisation or practitioner concerned.
The Islamic Intellectual Tradition: Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Developments (30 credits; optional)
This module seeks to examine the formative, medieval, modern and contemporary Islamic theological and philosophical traditions. It also looks at analysing the relationships between the Islamic and non-Islamic (Hellenic, Indian and Christian) intellectual traditions.
Sufism and Islamic Spirituality: The Mystical Dimensions of Islam (30 credits; optional)
This module looks to examine, assess and evaluate the relationship of Sufism with other Islamic disciplines jurisprudence (fiqh), theology (kalam), and philosophy (falsafa) and to examine the continuities and discontinuities between pre-modern and modern expressions of Sufism in Muslim-majority societies, and to examine the experience of Sufism in Muslim-minority societies (British and American).
Part II (MA)
MA Dissertation (History and Heritage) (60 credits; compulsory)
In Part Two, students are given the opportunity to research in detail a topic which has particularly appealed to them and write an extended dissertation (for 60 credits). Students will be allocated a supervisor to help guide them through their dissertation.