LONDON’S GLOBAL UNIVERSITY
Location: Bloomsbury Campus, London
Start date: as soon as possible
Duration: 12 months (in the first instance)
The appointment: 1.0 FTE
Head of Department
UCL History, which dates back to 1830, is consistently ranked as one of the best history departments in the world for
quality of both its research and teaching. The department has around 40 permanent academic staff complemented by a
team of Teaching Fellows and Graduate Teaching Assistants. All aspects of departmental activity are facilitated and
supported by a professional services team of 7. Departmental life is enriched by a number of Research Associates
working on specific funded projects. We also host early career researchers.
The department’s undergraduate student numbers are around 600; with a sizable graduate student body of 100 taught
graduate students and 60 research students.
Most undergraduates take a BA in History, and we also offer Ancient History, History with a European Language and
History with a Year Abroad. Our taught masters degrees are MA in History, MA in European History, MA in Ancient
History, MA in Transnational Studies, MA in Chinese Health and Humanity, MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies,
and MA in Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought.
We are based in four fine mid-Victorian town houses. Please note that their design will pose difficulties for individuals
whose mobility is impaired.
Main purpose of the job
The Department seeks to appoint a Teaching Fellow in the History of Political Thought to cover the following modules,
teaching and other duties (as outlined 1-8 below), during the period September 2020 to 31 August 2021. Teaching at
UCL (for the 2020/21 session) is planned to be delivered primarily online, both synchronously and asynchronously and
with a small element of face-to-face.
- To co-convene the following BA level module:
i) History of Political Thought in the West
This module traces the development of western political thought from its classical origins to its most important modern
formulations, exploring the main lines of inquiry concerning the nature and status of political society, the state, law,
citizenship, freedom, and relations of power. It extends from Greek antiquity to the 20th century, and emphasis is placed
on the writings of major thinkers and their contemporary historical contexts, including Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine,
Thomas Aquinas, Niccolò Machiavelli, Thomas More, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume,
Mary Wollstonecraft, Immanuel Kant, Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Max Weber, and John Rawls.
This ‘Survey’ BA module is taught over terms one and two in a weekly one hour lecture format (up to 90 students) with
weekly tutorial classes of 15. The successful candidate will take three of the six weekly tutorial classes and share the
lectures with the co-convenor. Additionally the module will be supported by a Post Graduate Teaching Assistant. At the
current time it is anticipated teaching on this module will be delivered on-line only.
- To be part of the teaching team on the following BA level first year (‘core’ modules):
i) Writing History
This 15-credit module aims to develop students’ skills and confidence as academic writers. Students have the
opportunity to discuss with a tutor and with a small group of fellow students how best to approach research and writing at
university, and learn how work will be assessed. The module is taught in small-group tutorials over the first half of the first
term and assessed by a 2,500-word essay (99%) and portfolio of formative assignments completed over the course of the
term (1%). The module is taught on Fridays in Term 1 and will have an element of on-campus face-to-face provision.
ii) Making History
Making History (15 credits) is designed to get students thinking in new ways about the process of constructing History
from initial evidence-gathering to the dissemination of findings to public audiences. Students work closely in small groups
of five to six to analyse an important historical question through the use of secondary material and primary sources,
including the huge body of material artefacts and historical structures accessible to students in London. As well as writing
individual journals (worth 10% of the assessment), project teams deliver an assessed presentation aimed at a public
audience (40%), and a model version of a professional public history output such as a podcast, television documentary,
popular magazine article, exhibition or mobile app (50%). This module is taught on Fridays in Term 2 and will have an
element of on-campus face-to-face provision.
- To co-convene the core module on the MA History of Political Thought and Intellectual History.
i) Method and Practice in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History
The core course offers an advanced programme of instruction in both historiographical method and
interpretative practice in the history of ideas. The course is divided into two semesters. During the first, students
analyse and assess competing methodological approaches derived from the humanities, which have a bearing
on the study of the political thought and intellectual history. In the second semester, seminar classes focus on
key figures, periods and modes of thought in the history of political ideas. Specific topics and figures covered
by the core course include: hermeneutics, ideology critique, the contextualist method in intellectual history,
natural law, enlightenment, socialism, Aristotle, Hobbes, Marx, Nietzsche.
This module is taught in 20 seminars of 2 hours. At the current time it is anticipated teaching on this module
will be delivered on-line only.
4. To convene ONE of the following MA modules (to be determined by research interests of the successful
i) Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
ii) War and Peace in 17th and 18th-Century Europe
iii) Crisis and Future in 19th Century European Thought
iv) Nations, States and Empires in Transnational Perspectives
The MA module will be taught in Term 1 in a weekly two hour seminar format or on-line equivalent (one group of
12-15 students). Assessment is by essay (4000 word essay/5000 word essay). Teaching of our MA modules will have an element of campus-based face-to-face classroom teaching.
5. To act as ‘Writing and Learning Mentor’, facilitating one-to-one ‘surgeries’ for undergraduates.
6. To act as primary superviser for MA dissertations.
7. To act as Personal Tutor to c. 25 undergraduate students.
8. To carry out administrative responsibilities within the department, as directed by the Head of Department.