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.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of second-year History and/or Art History


Incompatible subjects HIS2LBR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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 warsPrescribedOvery, RichardLONDON, 2009
ReadingsWomen in Britain since 1900PrescribedBruley, SueBASINGSTOKE, 1999

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
One 1-hour examinationequivalent to 1250 word assessment30
One 2,000 word essay50
One 750 word review essay20