Undergraduate Course: 'Revolutions' in Economic and Social History (ECSH10101)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course looks at four important revolutions in economic and social history, including the Price Revolution, the Consumer Revolution, the Agricultural Revolution and the Industrial Revolution.
The term 'revolution' has so often been applied to the past. Whilst many of these labels are accepted into common usage, the historiography often gives cause for questioning the validity of the term. This course looks at four important revolutions in economic and social history, including the Price Revolution, the Consumer Revolution, the Agricultural Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. To what extent is the term 'revolution' appropriate, and how have historians sought to either explain or to contradict such usage? Whilst the term is often accepted as a convenient shorthand for complex phenomena, this course will encourage students to challenge the term, and to use such labels more discerningly, whilst engaging with economic and social topics which helped lay the foundations for modern society.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, PTs are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a command of the four 'revolutions' explored by 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, including peers.
|Fischer, D. H., The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996)|
Carus-Wilson, E. M. (ed.) Essays in Economic History, 3 vols (London: Edward Arnold, 1966)
Ramsey, P. H., The Price Revolution in Sixteenth-Century England (London: Methuen, 1971)
Weatherill, L, Consumer Behaviour & Material Culture in Britain 1660 - 1760 (London: Routledge, 1996)
Davis, D., A History of Shopping (London: Routledge, 1966)
Overton, M., Agricultural Revolution in England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)
Gibson, R., The Scottish Countryside: Its Changing Face, 1700-2000 (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2007)
Reynolds, T. S., Stronger Than a Hundred Men: A History of the Vertical Water Wheel (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002)
Morris, R. J. and Rodger, R. (eds.), The Victorian City: A Reader in British Urban History, 1820-1914 (London: Longman, 1993)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Aaron Allen
Tel: (0131 6)50 2384
|Course secretary||Miss Lorna Berridge