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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST3709 The Breakdown of Liberal Democracy in Europe, 1890-1945

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Dr James Harris

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary



In the course of this module students should further develop their skills of historical enquiry, interpretation and synthesis.

By the end of the module a student should show:
- Knowledge and understanding of key issues in the social;
- Political and economic history of inter-war Europe;
- An awareness of the factors contributing to the breakdown of democratic regimes in this period.

Skills outcomes
Further 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.


By the turn of the twentieth century almost all European states had developed some form of national democratic institutions.

Within three decades, most of these regimes had succumbed to left or right wing Europe:
- the social consequences of the pace of modernisation, cultural revolution and the destruction of the apparent intellectual certainties of the 19th century,
- the cataclysm of World War I and the instability of the peace,
- the rise of communism and the fear of proletarian revolution, nationalism, and economic crisis.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours183.00
Total Contact hours17.00
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.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contributions to class discussions,
- an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks,
- an assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Computer ExerciseVLE exercise10.00
EssayOne 2,000 word assessed essay to be submitted by 12 noon Monday of teaching week 930.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

10% oral presentation is redone with 'an equivalent written exercise'

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: 23/02/2016


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