HI4004 - A Disunited Kingdom? The British and Irish Isles since 1689

What will I learn on this module?

This module offers you a thematic survey of Britain in the transformative period since 1689. The module is intended to provide you with a conceptual treatment of the development of British society to complement other modules. By examining 11 key British historical figures it provides students with a broad overview from the Glorious Revolution to current debates on immigration and national identity, drawing attention to key themes and debates. It encourages the development of the historian’s skills of analysis. Among the key themes covered are: national identity and the making of a nation; the transformation of the system of production; the transformation of patterns of reproduction (including population and occupational change); transformations in systems of governance, power, protest and social policy; the transformation of popular culture and ritual; empire, immigration and the Britishness debate; and war, political and social change in the twentieth century. Throughout the module you will be exposed to the tensions and contests that existed between different views of Britain and Britishness: for instance between frontiers and centres; between ‘enlightened’ and popular cultures; and between the politics of parliament and the politics of the street.

How will I learn on this module?

Each week you will attend a one hour, thirty minute lecture slot and 1 one hour, thirty minute seminar. The lecture slot will be broken by a short break, and that two broad lecture themes will be addressed in each slot. The lectures will introduce you to key periods, events, themes and issues; they will also expose you to some of the historical debates and controversies that surround particular eras and historical problems. Lectures provide core information and ideas to students and key themes developed in these settings will be explored in seminars.

You will be expected to prepare for the weekly seminars by attending the lectures and undertaking essential and recommended reading. You will also build on your independent reading by presenting your ideas and responses to lecture and reading materials in seminar discussions with your peers. All learning materials, tasks and readings will be posted on the eLearning Portal (Blackboard) to enable participation within the seminar programme. You will participate in formative assessment activities and receive feedback, and will be responsible for your own guided and independent learning. Summative assessment – an exam and an essay – tests your knowledge of British history, and assesses the extent to which you have met the module’s learning outcomes.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be supported through engagement with your peers, academic tutors, and the module convenor. The tutor will be accessible within publicised feedback and consultation hours and via email. Your peers will provide you with a collaborative learning environment, and your module tutor will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your course. Your seminar tutor will work with you and your peers to make sense of the module material in the seminar. You will also be supported through individual engagement with the academic literature, lectures, and resources available on the eLearning portal. Formative feedback will be on-going throughout the module: tutors will respond in class to how you are interpreting texts, framing arguments, and developing opinions.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of key themes in the development of Britain in the period 1689-2000.
2. Exhibit an understanding of key concepts and issues in social, economic and political transformation, such as: industrial revolution, uneven development, class, liberalism, socialism, national identities, revolution, immigration, modernism, empire, and consumerism.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Identify and deploy a variety of important historical writing in the study of British history.
4. Exhibit an ability to select relevant material across period and place and deploy this evidence in written form.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Develop enquiry skills by presenting ideas and knowledge in seminar discussions with others.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment takes the form of one 2,000-word essay (50%) and a two-hour exam (50%). MLOs 1-5

The essay questions are based on the lecture topics from the first half of the module. The exam questions are based on lecture topics in the second half.

Formative assessment is undertaken by way of seminar discussions and essay tutorials where students develop subject knowledge, the understanding of historiographical debate, and the enhanced use and understanding of conceptual and critical analysis.





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Course info

UCAS Code V100

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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