HST61005: History and Policy
Module Leader 2020-21: Adrian Bingham
'History can and should improve public policy-making, helping to avoid reinventing the wheel and repeating past mistakes.' (History & Policy website).
This module will examine and evaluate the ways in which historians have tried to intervene in the public sphere and shape politics and policy-making. It will address debates about the difficulties of learning 'lessons' from the past and consider the responsibilities that historians have in taking a stance on controversies over past events, or in speaking truth to power. Students will read and critique policy papers from the History & Policy website, and then develop the skills to research and write their own accessible and meaningful policy-oriented reports on a historical topic.
This module aims to:
By the end of the module, you should (be able to):
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The module will be taught in five, two-hour classes. The two initial sessions will introduce the key debates on the relationship between history and policy-making, and discuss good practice in terms of producing policy briefings. (LOs 1, 3). In the following three session, students will identify, discuss and evaluate different ways in which historians have sought to intervene in policy-making (LO2). You will also have an opportunity to present policy ideas related to your own choice of historical topic (LO3). The classes will enable students to share knowledge, debate controversial issues and listen and respond to the views of others in a structured environment. You will, in addition, have individual tutorial contact with the module leader to discuss your written work for this module (LO4).
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You will prepare a 3000-word policy briefing in the format of those produced for the History & Policy website (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
- Faye Sayer, 'Policy, Politics and History' in Public History: A Practical Guide (Second edition, 2019)
- Matthew Grant, 'History and Policy', in Tracey Loughran, ed., A Practical Guide to Studying History: Skill and Approaches (2017)
- Jo Guldi and David Armitage, The History Manifesto (2014)
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