The BSHS Travel Guide can serve as a useful basis for assignments at any level – as the equivalent to an essay/report of somewhere between 500 and 1000 words.
- List the physical location details of the site, and where appropriate link to a page with information about opening hours and admissions costs.
- Give a narrative tour of the site, supported with photographs taken by the author, with appropriate captions.
- Analyse the importance of the site to xxxx (e.g. the study of Charles Darwin, the history of asylums).
- Contain the authors reflections on what they learnt, explored, and experienced during the visit.
Example uses of this task:
Where a module incorporates a field visit already, all students could write a guide as both an assessed piece and reflective exercise. The tutor could then submit the best two/three entries to the BSHS Travel Guide.
As an optional alternative to an existing short-task within a module, for those students who wish to undertake a relevant field visit.
Example marking criteria (undergraduate History):
First class pieces would demonstrate an exemplary command both of the subject matter and appropriate technical and scholarship skills. They would make a focused, well-evidenced and structured argument regarding the importance of a site. They would demonstrate independent thought, based on an evaluation of relevant existing arguments and theories. They will be ready for publication without revision for style.
Upper second pieces would demonstrate a good appreciation for the subject matter and appropriate technical and scholarship skills. They would present an argument regarding the importance of a site, using appropriate evidence. They would demonstrate some independent thought, based on an understanding of relevant existing arguments and theories. They will be ready for publication with only minor revisions for style.
Lower second pieces would demonstrate some appreciation for the subject matter and appropriate technical and scholarship skills. They would discuss the importance of a site, using evidence. They would demonstrate some understanding of the intellectual context of the site. They will be ready for publication without wholesale revisions for style.
Third or below pieces would show little/some familiarity with the subject matter. They may demonstrate a grasp of the importance of the site, or weak awareness of relevant intellectual context. The style of the writing may be incompatible with the BSHS Travel Guide.