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HIST3732 Men and Masculinity in Britain, c.1860-1960: War, Work and Home

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Dr Claire Martin

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The question of making men visible as gendered subjects is a relatively recent development in the theory and methodology of gender history, one that has major implications for understandings of social, cultural and political history. Drawing on John Tosh's schema of three spheres of masculine self-expression, the module will explore the history of men and masculinity in the experiences of war, work and home life. Through seminar discussions, students will gain a complex understanding of men's behaviours, attitudes and identities in private and in public, and will be encouraged to think about how cultural constructions of masculinities in political discourses and popular culture interact with the experiences of individuals.


Students will:
1) Gain an understanding of the approaches and methodologies involved in gender history;
2) Develop knowledge of cultural and social change in the first half of the twentieth century through the prism of masculinity;
3) Gain experience of using a wide range of source materials, including oral history interviews, diaries, letters, social research, newspapers and novels.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn to:
- analyse and interpret a range of relevant source materials, including personal documents, visual images and oral histories;
- analyse and critique relevant historiographic arguments;
- present clear historical arguments, in both written and oral form;
- engage effectively with a range of research methodologies, including cultural history and oral history.

Skills outcomes
Oral and written communication; handling diverse source materials, including personal documents and oral history interviews; ability to critique different histiographical approaches, including gender history, oral history, social history and cultural history.


1. Introduction to the historiography
2. 19th century metropolitan masculinities
3. 19th century imperial masculinities
4. Edwardian men at work and home
5. The World Wars
6. Changing home life in interwar Britain
7. Working and unemployed men in interwar Britain
8. Home and family in the 40s and 50s
9. Work, class and affluence in the 40s and 50s
10. Changing sexualities, 1860-1960
11. Conceptualising the history of masculinity

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Reading to prepare for seminar
- Preparing presentation using primary source material
- Researching and writing essay
- Exam revision

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly seminar classes will allow close monitoring of student progress, alongside the three modes of assessment throughout the semester. Students will be encouraged to attend office hours where necessary.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word essay due by 12 noon Monday of teaching week 930.00
PresentationVerbal presentation, format to be determined by tutor10.00
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: 20/09/2019


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