History and Social Theory

Module code: HS7303

During this module, you'll:

  • Explore the key theoretical traditions that have influenced the writing of history in the twentieth century
  • Gain an understanding of the influence of these theoretical traditions on the varieties of history that developed over the course of the twentieth century

Each week, you'll explore 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. By the end of the module, you'll be able to think critically about the way that you formulate research questions, use sources, and write history.


  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 280 hours of guided independent study


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