Undergraduate Course: Youth and Modernity, c.1780-1880 (ECSH10069)
|School of History, Classics and Archaeology
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Available to all students
|This course examines the ways in which the concepts of youth and childhood, shaped by romanticism and the Enlightenment, were interpreted and experienced in the nineteenth century. The course focuses primarily on Britain but also explores the wider global contexts of empire and migration; the British experience is compared and contrasted with that of other locations. Claims that the idea of childhood has been crucial to modern concepts of identity, sexuality and selfhood will be investigated. Topics covered include the discovery of childhood; autobiography and memory; representations of youth; experiences of work, school, family, child poverty and migration; debates relating to child marriage in India and the age of consent.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
| Students MUST have passed:
| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
|Visiting 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 **
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
| Students will develop their ability to engage critically with debates relating to the concepts of childhood, youth, experience, memory and modernity. They will expand their understanding of the category of age as an analytical tool as well as their ability to apply it in interpreting a range of primary sources including fiction, autobiographies, letters and newspapers. Students will develop their ability to reflect on patterns of change across time as well as their skills of in-depth analysis as they focus on a range of case studies; thus their understanding of the relationship between general theories and specific examples will be expanded. Finally, they will extend their knowledge of the social history of Britain in relation to wider global contexts.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Dr Louise Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3837
|Mrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781