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Undergraduate Course: The French Revolution (HIST10338)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers students an opportunity to study some of the main features of one of the most significant events in world history. While its principal aim is to explore the nature and the political significance of the Revolution the course also provides opportunities to examine the social, cultural and intellectual causes and consequences of the revolutionary decade.
Course description The French Revolution (1789-1799) remains one of the most hotly contested and intellectually dynamic areas of historical inquiry. Insights derived from the study of the political, cultural and social history of France's revolutionary decade continue to drive historical research into other periods and places. Students will be encouraged to engage with the principal interpretative trends and theoretical debates within the substantial historiography of the French Revolution and will analyse primary sources in English translation.

Indicative teaching programme:

1. Ancien Régime and Pre-Revolution
2. France Re-Made
3. Republic and Terror
4. Thermidor and Directory
5. The Failure of Monarchy
6. Jacobins and Sans-Culottes
7. Clubs, Festivals and the Press: Making a New Political Culture
8. Civil War and Counter-Revolution
9. The French Revolution in European Context
10. The French Revolution in Global Context
11. Contested Legacies
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations 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-requisitesVisiting 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.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **

High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. 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;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
B. Baczko, Ending the Terror: The French Revolution after Robespierre (1994).
W. Doyle, The Oxford History of the French Revolution (2nd edn, 2002).
D. Garrioch, The Making of Revolutionary Paris (2002).
P. Higonnet, Goodness beyond Virtue: Jacobins During the French Revolution (1998).
L. Hunt, The Family Romance of the French Revolution (1992).
D. M. G. Sutherland, The French Revolution and Empire: The Quest for a Civic Order (2003).
T. Tackett, When the King Took Flight (2003).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsThe French Revolution
Course organiserDr Gordon Pentland
Tel: (0131 6)50 8354
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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