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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST3340 European Cities in the Twentieth Century

40 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr Moritz Foellmer
Email: M.Foellmer@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module examines the history of European cities in the twentieth century with an emphasis on cultural and social history. Through a selection of crucial primary and secondary sources, we will consider the impact of a variety of contemporary trends and issues on urban life: class differences, intellectuals, consumer culture, colonialism and decolonisation, social reform, political ideology and total war. The question what constitutes 'Europe' and how this was related to cities and urban life will form a red thread throughout the module.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should:

-have an informed understanding of European cities in the twentieth century
-be familiar with the relevant historiography as well as with a selection of crucial sources
-be able to express their ideas and arguments effectively in group discussions
-have further developed their reading, analytical and writing skills.
-have the ability to define and research a topic and write a dissertation

Skills outcomes
Enhances common skills listed below:
- High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
- Independence of mind, self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
- Ability to locate, handle and synthesise large amounts of information.
- Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and other historians.
- Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.
- Skills in interpretation and analysis of complex source material.


Syllabus

Topics will include:
- class and race in the city;
- the urban impact of political activity,
- dictatorship and total war;
- planning and suburbanisation;
- popular culture in the city

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
Seminar222.0044.00
Private study hours356.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular class discussions; one-to-one discussions of the BA dissertation; oral presentation of students' research in class

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
Essay3,000 words to be handed in by 12 noon on Friday of the second week of the January exam period20.00
Essay3,000 words to be handed in by 12 noon on Monday of May revision week20.00
Oral PresentationOral presentation. In the event of a resit, this element is redone with 'an equivalent written exercise'10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 28/07/2008

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