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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : History

Undergraduate Course: European History 1b (Since 1789) (HIST08031)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a wide-ranging survey of European History from the French Revolution in 1789 to the fall of Communism in 1989-91. It is available to students intending to do Honours History courses as well as those wishing to take the course as an outside subject or part of an M.A. degree.
Course description The course has a dual function. It provides a basic grounding in Modern European History as a preparation for students who are intending to do Honours History courses. It also seeks to provide a self-contained survey of Modern European History that is both stimulating and informative for students taking the course as an outside subject or as part of an M.A. degree. Its prime purpose is to demonstrate how European society has evolved as a result of the interplay of major economic, social, political and cultural developments of the period c.1789-c.1989. A course with such a wide chronological and geographical span has to be rigorously selective, and in consequence the lecturers confine their attentions to those general developments that had a far-reaching influence on a major part of the European population.
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:  275
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 5 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 2,000 words (35%), one two hour exam (consisting of two questions from 12 from two sections) (60%) and one oral test (5%).
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the tutor/Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
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
1. C.A. Bayley, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914 (2003)
2. Robert Gildea, Barricades and Borders: Europe 1800-1914 (1996)
3. William I. Hitchcock, The Struggle for Europe: The History of the Continent since 1945 (2004)
4.Eric J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Revolution: Europe, 1789-1848 (1962)
5.Eric J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Capital, 1848-1875 (1975)
6.Eric J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Empire, 1875-1914 (1987)
7. Eric J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century (1994)
8. James Joll, Europe Since 1870: An international History (1987)
9. Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (2005)
10. Michael Rapport, Nineteenth-Century Europe (2005)
11. J.M. Roberts, Europe, 1880-1945 (1989)
12. Richard Vinen, A History in Fragments: Europe in the Twentieth Century (2000)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research skills; critical interpretation of texts; oral and written presentation skills
Course organiserMr David Kaufman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3857
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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