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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2100 Victorian England: Old England and Industrial Society 1837-1865

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Dr SJD Green

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module offers a broad interpretative overview of this era of continuing industrialization and the rise of a mass, urban and recognizably modern society. Particular emphasis is placed on the means by which the early Victorians managed to forge a viable and relatively peaceful class-based society from a country experiencing unprecedented demographic increases, major socio-economic transformation, and continual demands for political reform.


To promote a better understanding of the problems of continuity and change over time. To explore the relationship between political and economic change, and the role of religion in early Victorian society. To develop an understanding of the interplay between internal and external factors in the political and economic life of early Victorian England.

Skills outcomes
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 may be taken in conjunction with HIST2101 Victorian England 1865-1901 to offer two modules covering the whole Victorian period. It offers students a broad interpretative overview of the period of English (and British) history between 1830s and 1860s, during the era of continuing industrialisation and the rise of a mass, urban and recognisably modern society. Particular emphasis will be given to the means by which the early Victorians managed, both through good luck and through their own initiative and skill, to forge a viable and relatively peaceful class-based society out of a country which experienced unprecedented demographic increases, underwent major socio-economic transformation, and confronted continual demands for political readjustment and reform. However, no aspect of early Victorian English (and British) history will be ignored, and proper attention will be given to those political, social and economic problems which the Victorians bequeathed to their successors, as well as to the achievements of the age. Every effort will be made to treat the subject as a whole, rather than dealing with individual topics in isolation from one another, and in this way it is hoped to make a coherent historical unity of the period, part of what foreigners often describe as England's century.

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. 183 hours.

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
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be delivered Friday of Week 730.00
Oral PresentationOral contribution in class10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

10% oral presentations are 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: 29/02/2008


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