Past and Present: Resistance and History (V1430)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module explores the historical category of resistance as a means to analyse critical moments of change and transformation in the past, and as a way of understanding key changes in the present. It considers resistance as a:

  • mode around which social movements have coalesced
  • means to understand struggles for power within certain social configurations
  • pattern which can dramatically shape the texture of interactions in everyday life and the human relationship to the environment.

Over the course of the module, we look at resistance in Occupied Europe during the Second World War, dissent in Eastern Europe 1945-89, anti-colonial and anti-globalisation movements, and expressions of resistance found in youth subcultures and popular culture. We also consider conservative activism, and grassroots attempts to stymie change and reform.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: