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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2291 20th Century Britain: Progress and Uncertainty 1945-1990

20 creditsClass Size: 42

Module manager: Dr RC Whiting
Email: r.c.whiting@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This course examines the strategies pursued by governments to sustain Britain's position in world politics and to achieve economic growth and social welfare at home. It considers the costs and benefits of the transatlantic alliance, the challenge of nationalism to British power and the ambivalent attitudes towards developments in Europe. The struggle between the major political parties and their ideologies is discussed, as is the impact of key social developments: the impact of inflation, racial conflict and the aspirations of women.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this module students should be able to:
- understand the factors shaping British foreign policy after 1945;
- examine governing strategies to meet problems in the economy and society;
- analyse turning points in the fortunes of political parties;
- access the changes in social experiences since 1945.

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.


Syllabus

This module examines the strategies pursued by governments to sustain Britain's position in world politics and to achieve economic growth and social welfare at home. It considers the costs and benefits of the transatlantic alliance, the challenge of nationalism to British power and the ambivalent attitudes towards developments in Europe, which all figure largely in foreign policy. The struggle between the major political parties and their ideologies is discussed, as is the impact of some key social developments: the impact of inflation, racial conflict and the aspirations of women.

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
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial61.006.00
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


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be delivered by 12 noon Friday teaching week 730.00
Oral PresentationOral contribution10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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


Exams
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: 03/04/2009

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