2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
HIST2290 20th Century Britain: The Burdens of Conflict 1900-1945
20 creditsClass Size: 28
Module manager: Dr Alan Macleod
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis course examines the challenges to Britain's position after 1900 in both foreign affairs and the economy, and managing a domestic society increasingly divided by class interest. It begins by examining the challenge to free trade and limited government 1900-1932, and explains the political collapse of liberalism, before assessing the social and diplomatic aspects of World War I and the implications of the rise of Hitler, the conditions of unemployment in the 1930s, and their re-assessment during the Second World War.
ObjectivesBy the conclusion of this module, students should be able to:
- show an understanding of Britain's international and domestic experience of two world wars;
- analyse the struggle for power between political parties; assess the content of major political ideologies;
- understand the social and political experience of inflation and depression.
Enhances 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 examines the challenges to Britain's position after 1900 in both foreign affairs and the economy, and the problems of managing a domestic society increasingly divided by class interest. It begins by examining the challenge to free trade and limited government 1900 -1932, and explains the political collapse of liberalism under pressure from both right and left.
The social and diplomatic aspects of World War I are assessed, as are the strategic and economic implications of the rise of Hitler. The conditions of unemployment in the 1930s, and their re-assessment in the context of the Second World War indicate the sense of illusory confidence with which the module concludes.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyExam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic. 183 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackContributions to class discussions, an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks, an assessed essay.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Literature Review||2,000 words due by 12 noon Monday of week 7||40.00|
|Essay||3,000 words due by 12 noon Monday of exam week 1||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
10% oral presentation is redone with 'an equivalent written exercise'
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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