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HIST3685 Georgians at War

40 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr Simon Quinn

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

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Georgians had a complex relationship with war. During the 75 years between 1740 and 1815 Britons suffered defeats and invasion, military victories and lucky escapes, mass mobilisation and demobilisation. Furthermore, social and cultural attitudes oscillated wildly, championing some soldiers and sailors as heroes whilst others were lampooned or despised. This module explores the impact of war on Georgian lives and takes a broad perspective of the period by encompassing society, politics, culture, and gender to explore the multi-faceted interactions between the military and society. The course embraces the experience of the ‘elite’ and ordinary men and women who were affected by war. The sources that will be consulted will include parliamentary debates, newspapers, digitised archival material, material culture, private letters, and individual testimony.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Appreciate and comment on primary and secondary sources that they have studied;
Understand the range of source material available to study the period and evaluate their usefulness to historians;
Identify and engage with the historiographical and methodological debates relating to Britain’s experience of war in the eighteenth century.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have acquired:
(LO 1) A detailed knowledge of the impact of war on British society and culture in the period c.1740-1815;
(LO 2) A grasp of the complex interactions between the military and society in the period;
(LO 3) A sophisticated understanding of attitudes towards the military and the impact military service had on the identity of those involved.

Skills outcomes
In addition, students will develop their skills in:
Reading eighteenth century script
Quantitative analysis
The student presentations provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate and communicate their analysis of topics and themes in the module (LO 1).
The source exercise assesses the students’ understanding of civil-military relations in the period through a close study of primary sources (LO 2).
The final, summative on-line timed assessment will assess students’ ability to answer questions and comment on material studied throughout the module (LO 1, 2, and 3).

Skills outcomes
In addition, students will develop their skills in:

Reading eighteenth century script
Quantitative analysis


Students will study themes in blocks of classes during the year ranging across the period 1740-1815, covering the Seven Years War, American War of Independence, French Revolutionary, and Napoleonic Wars. The module encompassed both the army and the navy and themes will include:

War and peace
War, culture, and society
Attitudes, experience and identities

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours355.50
Total Contact hours44.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Directed learning for each seminar
Research and writing for the essay
Exam preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be participating in a variety of tasks throughout the module where they explore themes, issues, and approaches to develop their critical appreciation of the topic. These include set reading (both primary and secondary material), which feed into analysis, discussion, and summaries within the seminars. These provide opportunities to self-identify and reflect upon their knowledge. Informal feedback from the tutor within the seminar discussions will also provide ways of students gauging their progress.
The portfolio of assessments provides specific opportunities for feedback within the module. The presentations provide formal feedback opportunities on their comprehension and appreciation of the topics and themes in the module, preparing them for the essay-style questions in the end-of-module on-line timed assessment. The primary source exercise will provide students with formative feedback that they can apply to the source analysis questions in the summative on-line timed assessment at the end of the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio1x group presentation at 16% module mark. 1x individual presentation at 17% module mark. 1x primary source exercise totalling 1,500 words, due Monday exam week 2 in semester 1 at 17% of module mark. In this exercise, students will be asked to find a primary source relevant to the topics of the module and then evaluate and comment on it. The source cannot be one provided as part of the reading list of the module. The presentations are 15 minutes each.50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

The format of resits for the presentations will be an equivalent written exercise.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 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: 19/08/2022


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