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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Revolutions in Modern Europe (PGHC11434)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the history of Europe in the twentieth century through the prism of 'revolution'. The revolutions of this era will be examined in broadly comparative perspective with earlier periods of change, paying particular attention to the factors that made Europe a time of notably rapid social and political development. This course examines the history of Europe through the prism of 'revolution'.
Course description This course offers students a new perspective on the major political, social, and cultural revolutions in Europe from the French Revolution to the present by examining them from a broadly comparative perspective. The course will examine the Russian revolutions in their wider European and ideological context, the relation between revolution and civil war and a selection of individual cases of revolution, with special attention paid to Eastern Europe, France and Spain. The course therefore seeks to explore the relationships between the experiences, representations and memories of revolution, and the shaping of political, social, religious, cultural, gender and other identities in Europe.

It is hoped that this course, along with its sister course 'Civil Wars in Twentieth Century Europe' will be a useful addition to the Contemporary History MSc programme, and expand the offerings on modern European History.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 3,000 words comprising 100% of the assessment.
Due to the fact that this is a team-taught course there will be no formal oral assessment.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in seminars and written work a detailed and critical command of the relevant body of knowledge concerning aspects of European history in the twentieth century
  2. Demonstrate in the final essay an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship concerning revolution(s) in Europe in the twentieth century, relevant primary source materials concerning, and conceptual discussions about European history in this period
  3. Demonstrate in the final essay, an ability to understand and apply specialised research or professional skills, techniques and practices considered in the course
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form in seminar discussions by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  5. Demonstrate in seminar discussions and the final essay originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
Reading List
Hannah Arendt, On Revolution (1963)

R. Dir, 'The Varieties of Revolution', Comparative Politics, Vol. 15 (1983), pp. 281-296

M. Donald & T. Rees (eds.), Reinterpreting Revolution in Twentieth-Century Europe (2000)

J. Goldstone (ed.), Revolutions: Theoretical, Comparative and Historical Studies (1996)

A. Groth (ed.), Revolution and Revolutionary Change (1996)

T. Gurr, Why Men Rebel (1970)

E. Hermassi, 'Toward a Comparative Study of Revolution', Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 18 (1976), pp. 211-235

Arno J. Mayer, Dynamics of Revolution in Europe: An Analytic Framework, 1870-1956 (1971)

T. Skocpol et al. (eds.), Democracy, Revolution and History (1998)

C. Tilly, European Revolutions, 1492-1992 (1995)

A. Timm & J. Sanborn (eds.), Gender, Sex and the Shaping of Modern Europe: A History from the French Revolution to the Present Day (2007)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Communicating ideas and arguments effectively
- Employing various rhetorical strategies for justifying arguments
- Contextualising various complex historical phenomenon
- Critical thinking and problem solving
Course organiserMr David Kaufman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3857
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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