Forthcoming courses

Databases for historians I

Course date(s): 
24 Nov 2015 to 27 Nov 2015
This 4-day course is an introduction to the theory and practice of constructing and using databases. Taught via a mixture of formal lectures and 'hands-on' practical classes, the session will introduce a wide range of skills and techniques, showing how to design and build a database appropriate to the needs of your project, and illustrating how this will help to guide and expand your analysis.

Internet for historical research

Course date(s): 
1 Dec 2015
This intensive one-day workshop will equip students with the knowledge and skills to use the internet with confidence as a tool for historical research. It introduces the principal online resources available to historical researchers, and shows how to make best use of them in pursuit of primary sources and secondary literature. Suitable for those at any stage of an academic career who wish to build or refresh their skills, the course covers English-language material for British, European and world history from late antiquity to the present.

Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
3 Dec 2015 to 4 Dec 2015
The ‘spatial turn’ is now well established in history and scholars, publishers and readers now frequently expect to see space to be used as a category of analysis, maps used as sources, and research illustrated with custom maps. However, without training in geographical techniques, tools, and even terminology, it can be challenging for historians to begin to work with this material. This two day course is designed to first introduce the history and concepts of mapping, along with the most basic ways of producing your own maps, before then moving on to a second day focusing on ArcGIS, the industry standard software for map analysis and production.

Law and Ethics for Social Science, Humanities and Legal Research

Course date(s): 
4 Dec 2015
What kind of content could provoke a libel claim? What does the ‘right to be forgotten’ mean for archival material? What rights do citizens have to access academic data under the Freedom of Information Act? How can academics use freedom of information and data protection law for their own research? Is it possible to protect the identity of a source? These and many more questions will be addressed at this one-day intensive training course on the legal and ethical issues that researchers in the social sciences and humanities and law could encounter during the course of their social research.

An introduction to oral history

Course date(s): 
12 Jan 2016 to 22 Mar 2016
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of oral history. Participants will learn though classroom teaching and practical sessions how to conduct their own interviews. As well as addressing theoretical and methodological issues, An Introduction to Oral History will help students to develop practical skills in interviewing, recording, and the organisation and preservation of oral material.