MA History / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
Remaking Modern British History
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course locates the history of modern Britain with the historiography of the period. The course content therefore follows the key trends in historiographical approaches to Modern Britain. Weekly seminars therefore address topics such as:
- History from below
- Four Nations History
- The Cultural Turn
- Technopolitical History
- Women’s History
- Gender History
- Histories of sexuality
- New imperial history
- National Identities
This course aims to train students to engage critically with the historiography of modern Britain and to situate their own work and that of others within different historical traditions, cultural and political contexts and in terms of methodology.
Teaching and learning methods
Weekly 3-hour student-centred workshop/seminar .
The course will be supported by Blackboard. This will be used to provide relevant course materials. Assignments will be submitted online via Turnitin on BB.
Videos and weblinks available via Blackboard.
Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge and understanding:
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the historiography of modern Britain, and a critical awareness of current developments in the field;
Show a comprehensive understanding a variety of approaches, including methodological approaches, utilised in the production of historical scholarship.
- Evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in modern British history;
- Develop a critical and analytical approach to primary source materials;
Identify and evaluate key concepts and theoretical models underpinning different approaches to the past.
- Synthesise large amounts of material, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- Produce well-written, concise and analytically precise reports and reviews;
- Compile specialist bibliographies;
Develop confidence in oral presentation and discussion of complex ideas.
Book review, 1000 words (20%)
Essay, 5000 words (80%)
Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (Yale, 1992)
E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (London, 1963)
Sheila Rowbotham, Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against It (London, 1973)
L. Davidoff & C. Hall, Family Fortunes. Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850 (London, 1987)
Patrick Joyce, The Rule of Freedom: Liberalism and the Modern City (London, 2003)
Bill Schwartz, The White Man’s World: Memories of Empire (Oxford, 2011)
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|Independent study hours|
|Frank Mort||Unit coordinator|
This course introduces graduate students to some key approaches in the historiography of modern Britain. It explores how the advent of 'history from below', the 'new' imperial, political and religious histories, and the rise of women's history, gender history, the histories of sexuality and race along with the 'cultural turn' and the 'four nations' approach have influenced the ways in which historians have written about the British past. The course encourages students to engage critically with historical scholarship and to explore both the methodologies and the cultural and political contexts of historical writing. In so doing, it provides a platform for students' own historical research and enables them to situate their work within wider historiographical contexts.
Pre-requisite units: None
Co-requisite units: None
Available as a free choice: Yes