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HIST1210 The Modern World

20 creditsClass Size: 210

Module manager: Dr Rob Hornsby

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module analyzes the modern world in order to understand its historical development and present condition.Its three main themes are: - the evolution of the nation state- fundamental discontinuities in social life- and the changing balance between Europe and the wider world.


On completion of this module, students will have acquired knowledge and understanding of the historical development of the modern world since c.1700.

They will have developed an ability to handle problems of continuity and change over time and over a wide geographical range; they will have developed an awareness of different approaches to the historical analysis of modern societies.

Skills outcomes
Teaches Common Skills listed below:
- High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
- Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
- Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
- Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
- Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.


This module gives students a comprehensive analysis of the modern world that will enable them to understand its historical development and present condition.

It does so by pursuing three main themes:
- the evolution of the nation state
- fundamental discontinuities in social life
- and the changing balance between Europe and the wider world.

Topics covered will include:
- legitimacy and representation in the state in the 18th and 19th centuries
- trends of democracy and totalitarianism in the 20th century
- industrialisation and the potential for material prosperity and social change
- relations between Europe and the wider world, including the nature of imperialism
- and the growth of the United States.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours167.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic. 167 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, non-assessed essay, assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word essay due by 12 noon on Monday of teaching week 840.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/08/2019


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