Thinking Like A Historian

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Taylor Sherman SAR M.10

A permanent member of International History staff supervises this course. LSE Teaching Fellows lead the group-work sessions.


This course is compulsory on the BA in History and BSc in International Relations and History. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available with permission to General Course students.

This course is optional for General Course students whose home department is International History. This course is optional for first year BSc Government and History students. Students for whom the course is optional must commit to the course when they choose it.

Course content

This course offers hands-on tutorials in the skills required to get the most out of classes and write essays for History courses. Students are taken through each of the skills required: reading well and taking good notes; asking good questions of sources, classmates and teachers; turning notes into essays; developing persuasive arguments in essays and presentations; identifying and using historiography; writing well; revision and improvement.



7 hours and 30 minutes of workshops in the MT.

1.5 hour workshop each week in weeks 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 of Michaelmas Term only. 

Formative coursework

There is no formative coursework for this course.

Indicative reading

Ludmila Jordanova, History in Practice (2nd edn., 2016).

Mary Abbott, History Skills (2nd edn, 2008).

Black and MacRaild, Studying History (3rd edn. 2007).


There is no summative assessment for this course.

Key facts

Department: International History

Total students 2016/17: 73

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Capped 2016/17: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills