The subject matter of History, distinguishing from other Humanities and Social Sciences, Consists of the attempts of human beings in the past to organize life materially and conceptually, individually and collectively, while the object of studying these things is to widen students’ experiences and develop qualities of perception and judgment. History provides a distinctive education by providing a sense of the past, an awareness of the development of different values, systems and societies and the inculcation of critical yet tolerant personal attitudes. History’s reciprocal relationship with other disciplines can have an important influence on the experience of the student of the subject.
The programme seeks to
Admission and Graduation Requirements
The admission requirements are basically the same as general faculty requirements. Credits in English language and history, or government at senior secondary school certificate level or equivalents are required. The degree programme has a 4 –year (8 semesters) duration in the case of SSCE Holders.
To graduate, a student must pass a minimum of 120 units including all compulsory courses.
a. Regime of Subject Knowledge
The study of History at the undergraduate level is characterized by a diversity of periods, cultures, methodologies and conceptual assumptions but there are a number of central requirements which can be specified. These are: time frame, geographical range, contemporary success, reflexivity, diversity of specialisms and on extended piece of written work.
b. Competence and Skills
It should be taken as axiomatic that students must progress and that well-designed programmes facilitate their progression. History programmes do not impart knowledge and skills to be passively absorbed: reading, discussion and writing, and encouragement, exploration and discovery are essential. But the importance of historical knowledge must be stressed. The historian’s skills and qualities of mind are developed in the processes of acquiring, evaluating and discussing historical knowledge in the courses and the independent study that History degree programmes demand.
The learning outcomes of a History degree programme have been in terms of particular pieces of student work – either written or spoken – in which crucial tests and understanding tests are marshalling an argUTMEnt. Accordingly, the ability to deploy ideas and information, to show conceptual grasp and to shape argUTMEnt becomes difficult to separate in assessment practice from the ability to display appropriately relevant, wide and diverse historical knowledge.
The generic skills acquired through the study of History, in addition to those items for the Arts discipline as a whole, are:
The graduate of History is expected to carry out field work effectively and to take full advantage of computer literacy, nUTMEracy and develop the life-long learning capacities enUTMErated above.
c. Behavioural Attributes
In addition to the minimum acceptable ethics and other behavioural attributes consistent with the particular discipline and with the tenets of a liberal education, all graduates in History should show evidence of the following:
In the B.A. History programme, assessment of students’ achievements should be based on:
Continuous assessment shall be done through assignments, tests and practical exercise. Scores from continuous assessment shall normally constitute 40% of the final marks for all courses.
Although all students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in History are expected to demonstrate that they have acquired knowledge, abilities and skills in the areas identified by the benchmark statements, it is accepted that there will be significant differences in their level of attainment.