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Undergraduate Course: British History 1 (HIST08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryBritish History 1 provides a wide-ranging introduction to the political history of Britain from 1603-2000. Particular emphasis is placed on the changing political system, the development of the British state, the relations between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and the maintenance of an overseas Empire. The course provides a basic grounding in modern British history for those intending to take Honours History courses.
Course description This course is designed to provide an understanding of the major events and themes in the political development of modern Britain from 1603 to c.2000. The course is thematically delivered in the following key sections:
The Difficult Birth of Britain (1603-88)
Centre and Periphery (1688-1832)
Britain in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (1832-86)
Mass Politics and National Identities (1886-1918)
From Western Front to Cold War (1918-51)
The Recent Political History of the UK (1951-2000)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  186
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 66, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 302 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) four essays (50%), each essay no more than 2,000 words; one three-hour degree examination (50%).
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of the subject considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
  4. demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
  5. demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
Reading List
Ewen Cameron, Impaled Upon A Thistle: Scotland Since 1880
Barry Coward, The Stuart Age: England 1603-1714;
H. T. Dickinson (ed.), A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain
E.J. Evans, The Forging of the Modern State 1783-1870;
D. Fitzpatrick, The Two Irelands, 1912-1939;
Alvin Jackson, Home Rule: An Irish History 1800-2000
Mark Kishlansky, A Monarchy Transformed: Britain 1603-1714;
S. J. Lee, Aspects of British Political History 1815-1914;
S Lee, British Political History 1914-1995;
K. O. Morgan, Rebirth of a Nation: A History of Modern Wales
F. O'Gorman, The Long Eighteenth Century: British Political and Social History, 1688-1832
M. Pugh, Britain Since 1789: a Concise History;

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information All students will attend a weekly tutorial group from Weeks 2 to 11 inclusive.
KeywordsBH1 Full Year
Course organiserDr Gordon Pentland
Tel: (0131 6)50 8354
Course secretaryMrs Diane Knowles
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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