Undergraduate Course: British Society, 1650 - c.1880 (Social History 1.1) (ECSH08029)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is a study of Britain between 1650 and 1900 with a focus on the nature of everyday life. It is about life in the past for men, women and children of all social groups and about the causes and consequences of change in such areas as family life, work and consumer behaviour, housing and food. This is an introductory course and no knowledge of history or the social science disciplines is assumed.
This course is a study of Britain between 1650 and 1900 with a focus on the nature of everyday life. Social history is about life in the past for men, women and children of all social groups and about the 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 the material environment in areas such as housing and food are also considered. Changes arising out of economic modernisation, the growth of urban living, advances in modern medicine, and new technologies provide another focus. We also explore the forms and functions of religion and belief, education and literacy, print culture and the arts. We take a broad and varied historical perspective based on a social science approach and use sources such as imaginative literature, personal testimonies, and visual illustration, as well as official documents, legal records 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.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others.
|John Burnett, ed., Useful Toil: Autobiographies of Working People from the 1820s to the 1920s (London, Routledge, 1994).|
M. J. Daunton, Progress and Poverty: an Economic and Social History of Britain, 1700-1850 (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1995).
Jose Harris, Private Lives: Public Spirit: Britain 1870-1914 (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1993).
G. Morton & T. Griffiths eds The History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800-1900 (2010)
Roy Porter, English Society in the Eighteenth Century (London, Penguin, 1982).
Edward Royle, Modern Britain: a Social History, 1750-2011 (London, Edward Arnold, 2012).
Pamela Sharpe, Adapting to Capitalism: Working Women in the English Economy, 1700-1850 (Basingstoke and London, Macmillan, 1996).
F. M. L. Thompson, ed., Cambridge Social History of Britain, vol. 2, People and their Environment (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1990).
Christopher A. Whatley, Scottish Society, 1707-1830: Beyond Jacobitism, Towards Industrialisation (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2000).
Keith Wrightson, Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain (New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2000).
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|Course organiser||Prof Stana Nenadic
Tel: (0131 6)50 3839
|Course secretary||Mrs Summer Wight
Tel: (0131 6)50 4580