LITTLE BRITAIN: CULTURE, SOCIETY AND THE END OF EMPIRE

HIS2LBN

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The cultural and social history of Britain in the 20th century, starting from the end of the First World War, will be explored in this subject. Students will study life in Britain during a fascinating period of deindustrialisation, war, consumer boom, the formation of the Welfare State, sexual revolution, and immigration from former British colonies. Weekly topics will include: working life, family, housing, consumption, leisure, and the end of empire. Through employing a range of primary source materials, including films, literature, images, and sociological surveys, students will explore how these themes were understood and represented at the time. Students will gain skills in primary source analysis, oral and written communication, and the critical use of a range of secondary literature on British social and cultural history. They will be encouraged to explore interdisciplinary approaches to British history, drawing on methods from literary studies, sociology, and geography.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerry Nixon

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of History or Art History and 15 credit points of any Humanities subject at first -year level or approval by the History Program Coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects HIS3LBR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEnglishness and EmpirePrescribedWebster, WendyOXFORD, 2005
ReadingsHope and GloryPrescribedClark, PeterLONDON, 2004
ReadingsIdentity of EnglandPrescribedColls, RobertOXFORD, 2002
ReadingsImpaled Upon a Thistle: Scotland since 1880PrescribedCameron, Ewen A.EDINBURGH, 2010 (EBOOK)
ReadingsModern British History since 1900PrescribedBlack, JeremyBASINGSTOKE, 2000
ReadingsThe Morbid Age: Britain between the warsPrescribedOver, RichardLONDON, 2009
ReadingsWomen in Britain Since 1900PrescribedBruley, SueBASINGSTOKE, 1999

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Assimilate historians' lines of arguments and use of sources in relation to particular historical problems, placing all in their contexts.

Activities:
One 2,000 word essay, one 750 word review essay and one 1-hour exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Life-Long Learning

04. Identify some ways historians show continuity and change in the contexts in a past.

Activities:
All assessment elements
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Ethical & Cultural Awareness

05. Identify some ways historians use the present to shape their interpretations of the past.

Activities:
All assessment elements
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Life-Long Learning
Writing

06. Investigate aspects of the historiography on a historical topic and frame a response in any one of a variety of history genres.

Activities:
One 2,000 word essay and one 750 word review essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Writing
Life-Long Learning
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving

07. Write properly-referenced essays using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about an aspect of a past

Activities:
One 2,000 word essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Life-Long Learning
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research

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