Crisis, Revolution, Modernity (Q3323)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module investigates the connections between crisis, revolution, and modernity from 1770-1830. This period – punctuated by the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions, and by political, economic, and environmental crises – witnessed the birth of the modern state in many important respects. The period’s revolts and revolutions were often sparked by material conditions: hunger, oppression, and enslavement made liberty an ever more urgent cause. The module offers an in-depth look at these issues across the period, and asks whether modernity itself is characterised by cycles of crisis and change.



33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: