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2006/07 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2611 Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century: Revolutionary or Incremental Change?

20 creditsClass Size: 15

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

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2006/07

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module examines governance and political processes in mid-century; provincial legislature in action - the poor; women, families and work; courtship, marriage and family formation; sociability, urban culture and improvement; leisure and work in conflict?; transport improvement - rivers, ports and canals; inns, roads, and their traffic; rural change and the great house; communications and reading - newspapers, periodical press, and posts; revolution and crisis, 1789-1830?

Objectives

On completion of this module the student should have acquired a broad understanding of the process and extent of social and economic change in the eighteenth century, the nature of society and social institutions, the nature and organization of work, and the ways in which crises, war, and revolution affected Britain at the end of the period. 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: governance and political processes in mid-century; provincial legislature in action - the poor; women, families and work; marriage and family formation; sociability and its institutional framework urban culture and improvement; leisure and work in conflict?; transport improvement - rivers, ports and canals; inns, roads, and their traffic; rural change and the great house; communications - newspapers, periodical press, and posts; revolution and crisis, 1789-1830?

Teaching methods

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

Lectures 11 x 1 hour;


Tutorials 6 x 1 hour.

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

One 2-hour examination at the end of the teaching semester (60%);
1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be handed in teaching week 10 (30%);
Oral contribution (10%).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/08/2007

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