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Undergraduate Course: British Society, the 20th Century (Social History 1.2) (ECSH08031)

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
SummaryThe course examines changes in British society from the later nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century and examines the changing role of class, gender, and age differences, the rise of consumerism and the decline of organised religion. The aim throughout is to locate current social issues in their wider historical perspective.
Course description Social History is about life in the past for men, women and children of all social groups and about the historical causes and consequences of change in everyday experience. It is concerned with the nature of family life, work and consumer behaviour. Developments in living standards and in the material environment in areas such as housing and food are considered. Changes arising out of economic modernisation, the growth of urban living and advances in modern medicine and technology provide another focus. We also explore the impact on everyday life of popular belief, religion and education. We take a broad and varied historical perspective based on a social science approach and using visual illustration, literature (particularly novels), personal testimony and statistical evidence. This is an introductory course and no knowledge of history or the social science disciplines is assumed. We try to explain any general concepts or particular terms as we go along.
The course is taught through a combination of lectures (three per week) and tutorials (one per week).
Tutorial Programme:
Class and Status.
Poverty and Welfare.
Consumption and Leisure.
Group Project: Mass-Observation and British Society during the Second World War.
Nationalism and Identity.
Youth and Education.
Sexuality and the State.
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
Not being delivered
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. Edward Royle, Modern Britain, A Social History:1750-1997 (1997).

2. Martin Daunton, Wealth and Welfare: An Economic and Social History of Britain 1851-1951 (2007).

3. F Bedarida, A Social History of England, 1851-1990 (1991).

4. A H Halsey, Change in British Society (1995).

5. F Carnevali and J-M Strange (eds), Twentieth-Century Britain: Economic, Cultural and Social Change (2007).

6. Jose Harris Private Lives: Public Spirit: Britain 1870-1914 (1993).

7. John Stevenson, J Stevenson, British Society, 1914-1945 (1984).

8. A Marwick, British Society since 1945 (1982).

9.Ross McKibbin, Classes and Cultures: England 1918-1951 (1998).

10. T M Devine and R J Finlay (eds), Scotland in the Twentieth Century (1996).

11. L. Abrams and C.G. Brown (eds), A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh, 2010).

12. J. Weeks, Sex, Politics and Society, (Harlow, 1992).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Attendance at a weekly tutorial is required.
Course organiserDr Trevor Griffiths
Tel: (0131 6)50 6897
Course secretaryMrs Diane Knowles
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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