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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : History

Undergraduate Course: Immigration and Ethnicity in Modern Britain, 1850-1970 (HIST10208)

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 explores historical responses to immigration in Britain between 1850 and 1970, adopting a broad chronological overview and exploring questions issues of citizenship, nationality and belonging. The first part of the course addresses migrant groups in the Victorian and Edwardian era culminating in an assessment of the position of ethnic groups during the First World War. The second section charts the gradual, and contested, evolution of a multi-ethnic society during the course of the twentieth century.
Course description Students who take this course will be able to assess the place of immigration in modern British history and critically analyse current historical writing on the topic. Students are encouraged to develop arguments relating to the range of responses to immigrants and the diverse nature of migrant experience on the basis of primary source analysis and secondary readings, taking account of changes over time. The course engages with the themes of ethnicities, identities, racial stereotyping and belonging: questions which remain highly pertinent in current political debates. There is a particular focus on the treatment of ethnic groups at times of conflict, in particular the two world wars. The topics covered are:
Perspectives on British Immigration and Ethnic History
Marginal Britons: The Irish, 1850-1914
Citizenship, Race and Identities 1880-1918
Marginalised Minorities: Germans, Jews and Lithuanians in the First World War
1919: Racial Violence in Imperial Britain
Race and Nation in Inter-war Britain
Ethnicity and the Peoples War
The Racialisation of Belonging in post-war Britain
The Politics of Race in 1960s Britain
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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 and the ability to work in a team.
Reading List
David Cesarani and Tony Kushner (eds.), The internment of aliens in twentieth-century Britain (1993)
Todd M. Endelman, The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000 (2002)
Steve Fenton, Ethnicity (2003)
Randall Hansen, Citizenship and immigration in post-war Britain (2000)
Colin Holmes, John Bulls island: immigration and British society, 1871-1971 (1988)
Jacqueline Jenkinson, Black 1919: riots, racism and resistance in imperial Britain (2009)
Donald MacRaild, The Irish in Britain, 1800-1914 (2006)
Panikos Panayi, The enemy in our midst: Germans in Britain during the First World War (1991)
Panikos Panayi, An Immigration History of Britain. Multicultural Racism Since 1800 (2010)
Kathleen Paul, Whitewashing Britain: race and citizenship in the post-war era (1997)
Gavin Schaffer, Racial science and British society, 1930-62 (2008),
Paul Ward, Britishness Since 1870 (2004)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Wendy Ugolini
Tel: (0131 6)50 3766
Course secretaryMrs Diane Knowles
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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