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Level 4

4AAH1005 Politics & Society in Britain, 1780-1945

Credit value: 30 credits
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Professor Paul Readman
Assessment: 1 x 3 hour examination (100%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: 20 x 1-hour lectures (weekly); 20 x 1-hour seminars (weekly)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

Single semester version for Study Abroad 
  • 4AAH1105 Politics and Society in Modern Britain I: 1780 to 1870 - semester 1 
  • 4AAH1205 Politics and Society in Modern Britain II: 1850 to 1945 - semester 2

Single semester versions of the module, split 1780-1870 (semester 1) and 1850-1945 (semester 2), are available to study abroad students only.

Assessment: 4AAH1105 & 4AAH1205: Coursework (100%), comprising: 2 x 2,500 word essays (50% each).

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

This Group 1 module covers the history of Britain from the late eighteenth century through to 1945. The focus is on political history broadly defined. Consideration is given to the impact of ideological, sexual, demographic, social, cultural and economic change on the political process and policy-making, as well as more conventional issues such as constitutional reform and party politics. Thus this module seeks to provide students with an appreciation of the wider contexts in which politics took place (social contexts especially), as well as a secure understanding of political developments themselves. The module is taught through a mix of wide-ranging thematic subjects and more focused chronological topics. Separate topics will cover aspects of social and economic history, as well as some key themes in intellectual and cultural history on parliamentary and extra-parliamentary issues.

Introductory reading list

These books are ‘core textbooks’ for this module, therefore purchasing them rather than borrowing them will be of benefit to you throughout your course.

  • Eric Evans, The Forging of the Modern State, 1783-1867
  • Martin Pugh, The Making of Modern British Politics, 1867-1945


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