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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2610 Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century: The Nation Transformed?

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Professor J A Chartres
Email: j.a.chartres@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module addresses the ways in which the long eighteenth century (roughly 1680-1830) represented a distinctive break with Britain's past - in governance, economy, social organization, and nationhood - and the dynamics of change within these fields.

Objectives

On completion of this module, student should have acquired a broad understanding of the ways in which the long eighteenth century (roughly 1680-1830) represented a distinctive break with Britain's past - in governance, economy, social organization, and nationhood - and the dynamics of change within these fields. They will have a general command of the principal methodological and ideological issues involved in the modern historiography of the period, and through seminars will have encountered some of the principal contemporary sources for the study of the period. Assessed oral presentations in seminars will enhance student skills in the organization and presentation of material, and provide some experience of teamwork.

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

Introduction: revolution; succession, party, and protestantism in the making of eighteenth-century Britain; systems of governance - locality and county, the flexible Justice; population growth and change; London and the impact of towns; Economic change- changing occupational structures; new nationhood; 'pays', region, and integrative forces; Britain in the wider world; blue water strategy and the first empire; the State and its impact on wealth; war, taxing and spending; Britain and the Atlantic slave trade - did 'black gold' finance industrialization; Beliefs: religion, magic, 'mentalitis'; new sensibility and manners; crime and social exclusion: law, control, and punishment.

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 of Friday of teaching week 730.00
Tutorial PerformanceAssessed seminar contributions10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Assessed seminar contributions are 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: 29/04/2009

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