Historical Studies Weekend

Whitby abbey (ruins)This course will introduce students to the big debates in historiography, and how they have developed over time. Historiographical questions are often not covered in much detail at school, but are a core part of undergraduate level study, and frequently feature in university interview questions.

We will trace the development of historiography, looking at the ways in which ancient and medieval historians thought about their own work, as well as at more more modern 19th and 20th century thinkers. Students will also be encouraged to consider their own answers to questions about the nature (and possibility) of historical truth, the importance of varied perspectives in historical enquiry and the significance of historical study for contemporary decision making.

On day two we will look at how to tackle some of the more challenging types of historical sources which will be important for university-level history, but which are not usually explored much at school. Participants will have the opportunity to discover a wide range of sources, and learn how to approach even quite challenging material with confidence.

We will look in particular at sources in translation (particularly those from before the 19th Century), at visual and audio sources, and at those which are deeply embedded in cultural contexts which are now lost to us. Much of the usefulness of any source depends on the subtlety of

 the questions which we ask, and this course will help students to ask more sophisticated questions whatever the difficulties of the sources they encounter.

All of our online courses consist of small seminar groups, with lots of opportunities for discussion and debate with peers as well as learning from our expert tutors. This will be a fully live and interactive event, with summary notes and a certificate of attendance issued upon completion of the course.

This style of learning is an excellent preparation for university, and should give participants a real taste of history as an undergraduate subject, enabling students to make a more informed choice about history as an option for future study .

For currently available dates, full practical details, and a link to the booking form please scroll down past the reviews.

‘An excellent overview of historiography which covers a broad time period and number of historical authors.’

‘The course was incredibly informative and challenged your views on the way the study of history should be dealt with. It explored the history of history which challenged many assumed thoughts and explored in great depth the very concept of historical study.’

‘It’s a really interesting course that genuinely provides a lot of help and practice for looking at sources. It assists considerably if you’re doing a history A Level or planning to do it at university.’

‘I thought this course was amazing and thoroughly enjoyable. I developed my passion for history and met those shared those passions. If you love history, this course is for you.’

 

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‘The course was incredibly informative and challenged your views on the way the study of history should be dealt with. It explored the history of history which challenged many assumed thoughts and explored in great depth the very concept of historical study.’

Click here for more reviews of our history courses, or on the trustpilot link below for general reviews.

Practical Details

The Historical Studies Weekend is an online event for students aged 15 – 18.

This is a two-day course, taking place on the 21st – 22nd January (waiting list). Teaching hours will run from 10am till 3.30pm, with a break for lunch, and an independent study task.

This is a live online event, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The event will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video connection.

The cost of the two-day Historical Studies course is £195 per student. You can see our full booking terms and conditions here.

You can book your place using the link below, or if you have any further questions, please call us on 0800 8101058, or email info@debatechamber.com.

We offer a limited number of full and partial bursaries (of up to 80% of fees) to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please complete your bursary application here.