History and Social Theory

Module code: HS7303

Module co-ordinator: Dr Prashant Kidambi

Module Outline

This module seeks (a) to acquaint students with the key theoretical traditions that have influenced the writing of history in the twentieth century, and (b) to enable them to understand the influence of these theoretical traditions on the varieties of history that developed over the course of the twentieth century. Each week the readings include theoretical writing on the epistemology of history, academic debates regarding the practice of history, and historical works written from a particular theoretical perspective, including Marxist, feminist, and postcolonial histories. Through this programme it also aims to enable students to think critically about the way that they formulate research questions, use sources, and write history.


  • 20 one-hour seminars


  • Essay, 2,000 words (40%)
  • Essay, 3,000 words (60%)