HI5009 - Your Graduate Future

What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to ensure that you will be equipped with employability-related skills appropriate to graduates of History and associated degrees. The module adapts to your interests, whether you choose to pursue postgraduate study, enter the job market seeking graduate level employment, or establish your own enterprise. One of the purposes of Your Graduate Future is to raise your awareness of the wide range of possibilities, and to equip you with the knowledge, the skills and the experiences that may enable you to respond effectively to future opportunities. This module now includes a “Standard Pathway” and a “Law Pathway”, delivered in collaboration with Northumbria School of Law. For the Standard Pathway, in semester 1 you will attend lectures and participate in seminars that will present the intricacies of contemporary job seeking in different sectors. These will include guest lectures. You will then work with a group of your peers on an outward-looking project that will enable you to display your specific skills, to establish and nurture internal and external contacts, and to express your interests in a public outcome of your choice. In semester 2, you will develop your CV and further explore your evolving skillsets by means of engaging on your choice of work experience, volunteering, enterprise planning or a placement abroad. These will take the shape of supported independent activities. Assessment consists of a group project with a public outcome, an individual report reflecting on the scholarly basis of your project and your assessment of the process, and a placement report (at the end of semester 2). Students in the Law Pathway will also attend the lectures, and will follow a bespoke schedule of workshops, seminars, a field visit to The National Archives in London including archival training and a private tour of the archives. They will also undergo two specialised training sessions in Newcastle. Students in both pathways will follow the same assessment pattern, but those in the Law Pathway will work alongside students from the Law School to investigate a historical legal case using original archival material from The National Archives and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and their group project will see them produce public facing history outputs for these external clients, including exhibitions, website blogs, and contributions to their official social media channels. In Semester 2, the ‘Placement’ element will work with Law students to design and stage a reconstruction of the trial itself.

How will I learn on this module?

Contact hours encompass specialist lectures and talks, workshops, hands-on experiences, field visits, training, experiential learning and reflective practice. In semester one, you will attend lectures introducing key themes, and will participate in smaller workshops and field trips based around exercises designed to develop essential employability-oriented skills: teamwork, self-presentation, research into employment, enterprise opportunities, self-awareness and others. Relevant guest speakers will deliver some lecture sessions. Workshops will involve group work, presentations, problem-solving exercises and discussions designed to develop and explore your awareness, your skills, and your interests. Preparation for assessed tasks will also feature. In the second semester, you will engage in your work placement, volunteering, a reenaction of a historical trial, a business planning exercise or your semester abroad. The semester 1 assessments will enable you to display your specific skills, to establish and nurture internal and external contacts, and to express your interests in a public outcome of your choice, in the case of Standard Pathway students, or in a public outcome related to a legal case for Law Pathway students. The semester 2 assessments will encourage you to reflect on your experiences, on how those have affected you, and what you have learned from them.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your peers, your academic tutors, your enterprise and career service advisors and the programme leader will support your academic development. Academic support is provided through workshops and tutorials that address specific issues and nurture your academic and professional progression. The module tutor will be accessible within publicised office hours, via email and by mutually agreed arrangement. Your peers will provide you will a collaborative learning environment, and your programme leader will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your course. You will also engage with the literature, the lectures and the resources available on the eLearning Portal. Formative feedback will be part of seminar activities and assessment tasks.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. an awareness of the employment opportunities which may be open to you as a history graduate
2. An understanding of the demands and discipline of employment, and practical knowledge of ways in which academic skills can be applied in a vocational context.
3. The ability to select, plan and complete an independent project, based on either work experience or planning a business enterprise, and the ability to construct and complete an appropriate report on it.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Skills of analysis, interpretation and communication skills in presenting ideas and knowledge to others, and the ability to critically assess your own abilities, and reflect on your experience and plan for the future

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. An awareness of the ethical and cultural requirements of working and business environments, and a curiosity about the careers options of history graduates.

How will I be assessed?

The module has three pieces of assessment:

1. Group project (25%, Semester 1)

Students in the Standard Pathway: Together with a group of your peers, you will work on a History-related group project that will produce an outward-looking outcome or set of outcomes, as agreed with your peers, your tutors and any external partners you may identify. This group of 3 – 8 students will produce a tangible public output. Examples of such may include, but are by no means limited to: posters, videos, podcasts, exhibitions, public talks and activities, digital repositories...
Students in the Law Pathway will work alongside students from the Law School to investigate a historical legal case using original archival material from The National Archives and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and their group project will see them produce public facing history outputs for these external clients, including exhibitions, website blogs, and contributions to their official social media channels.
[MLOs 2, 3, 4 and 5]

2. Individual report on group project (1,500 words, 30%, semester 1)

In this report, you will reflect on the scholarly basis of your collective project (c. 750 words) and on your personal assessment of the process itself (c. 750 words). This applies to both pathways.
[MLOS 2, 3, 4 and 5]

3. Individual report on work placement, business plan, historical trial reconstruction or semester abroad (45% - 2,000 words; Semester 2)


You will write a reflective report of 2,000 words outlining what you have learned from your experience (placement, business plan, semester abroad), identifying how it has impacted upon you, your CV, your skillset, your interests, your self-awareness, your future plans, your portfolio of relevant contacts.
Students in the Law pathway will reflect on their experience of working with Law students to design and stage a reconstruction of a historical trial.
[MLOs 1–5]

Oral feedback on formative activities will be provided to you in tutorial sessions (during office hours) and in seminars. You will receive written feedback from the module tutors upon completion of your formative and summative tasks.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

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Course info

UCAS Code W320

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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