Historiography – The Philosophy of History

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 often 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.

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 .

You may also be interested in the companion course to this one, Tackling Difficult Sources.

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.’

‘I liked the fact that I got a comprehensive overview of historiography and I now feel more confident in my understanding.’

‘Great insight for a taster into an area of history that is not taught in schools.’

‘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.’

Practical Details

The Historiography course is an online event for students aged 15 – 18.

This is a one-day course, running on 20th February.  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 one-day Historiography course is £90 per student. As class sizes are small, places are very limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

You can see our full booking terms and conditions here.

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