History

The Making of the Modern World

Module code: V1228
Level 4
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination

This module will introduce a period of momentous social, political and cultural change in British and European history by focusing on some of the key debates that have preoccupied its historians.

Historical controversies over events such as the British Union, the Industrial Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution will be examined and used to introduce various historiographical approaches.

You will consider central themes such as gender, popular culture, conceptions of the state (from absolutism to democracy), sociostructural and demographic change, and empire and nationalism, which will give you a range of perspectives on the past and issues of continuity and change.

Module learning outcomes

  • A familiarity with different historians' contributions to debates over the period under examination, and the ability to critically evaluate diverse approaches to these topics.
  • The ability to construct arguments based on their reading of secondary sources.
  • The ability to research a range of topics using printed and digital resources.
  • The ability to communicate ideas effectively in writing and to interact in a group setting.