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Undergraduate Course: The French Revolution (HIST10338)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe French Revolution (1789-1799) remains one of the most hotly contested and intellectually dynamic areas of historical inquiry. Insights derived from the study of the political, cultural and social history of France's revolutionary decade continue to drive historical research into other periods and places. This course offers students an opportunity to study some of the main features of one of the most significant events in world history. While its principal aim is to explore the nature and the political significance of the Revolution the course also provides opportunities to examine the social, cultural and intellectual causes and consequences of the revolutionary decade. Students will be encouraged to engage with the principal interpretative trends and theoretical debates within the substantial historiography of the French Revolution and will analyse primary sources in English translation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **

Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  24
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course students will:

¿ Be able, through seminar contributions and presentations, essays and exams, to demonstrate the ability to engage critically with a wide variety of primary and secondary source material and use this to develop and articulate a nuanced understanding of society, politics and culture during the French Revolution.

¿ Be able to navigate the vast and complex historiography of the Revolution to make cogent arguments in essays, exams and presentations and to evaluate different approaches to the study of the past.

¿ Be able to demonstrate the following transferable skills: independent gathering of relevant evidence and engagement with both primary and secondary sources; critical consideration of evidence in order to arrive at sound conclusions; evaluating the work of others, including peers; presenting evaluations and conclusions clearly in both written and oral form; independent management of personal timetable, workload and other priorities in order to meet established deadlines.
Assessment Information
Students will complete one essay of three thousand words and sit one two-hour Degree Examination. The final mark will be composed of the essay mark, weighted at one third of the final mark, and the exam mark, weighted at two thirds of the final mark.
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Academic description Not entered

1. Introduction: Ancien Régime France
2. The Big Picture: Class War or Culture Clash?
3. France Remade, 1789-1792
4. Clubs, Festivals and the Press: Making a New Political Culture
5. Religion and Revolution
6. The Failure of Monarchy
7. Civil War and Counter-Revolution
8. The Men, Machinery and Politics of Terror
9. The Terror as a Social and Cultural Programme
10. Thermidor and the Directory, 1794-1799
11. The Revolution and the World
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsThe French Revolution
Course organiserDr Gordon Pentland
Tel: (0131 6)50 8354
Course secretaryMrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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