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Undergraduate Course: British Economic and Environmental History since 1900 (ECSH08036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an analysis and overview of the main changes in British economic and environmental history since 1900. The course is strongly focussed on economic and political/economic themes and is intended to provide students with an understanding of the origins and context of the main theoretical ideas underpinning British political economy since 1900.
Course description The course examines the main developments in the development of the British economy since 1900 and the persistent and increasing interest in the environmental impact of economic activity. As well as looking at major shifts in macro-economic policy, the course will also examine the process of deindustrialisation, the rise of public expenditure, and the growing concern with sustainability. The topics covered will include: inflation; nationalisation; privatisation; air pollution; oil pricing; fixed and floating exchange rate systems; time and saving; fish and renewables; property rights; and the operation of the welfare state.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  87
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
2,000 word Essay (50%)
750 word Statistical exercise (14%)
1,250 word Archival document commentary (36%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the tutor/Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an ability to apply economic principles to historical and quantitative material.
  2. Analyse and contextualise primary source material.
  3. Research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time.
  4. Make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required.
  5. Organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
Reading List
N. Barr The Economics of the Welfare State
A Britton Macroeconomic Policy in Britain, 1974-1987
C. Feinstein The Managed Economy
M Chick Industrial Policy in Britain, 1945-1951
M Chick Changing Times: Economics, Policies, and Resource Allocation in Britain since 1951
A. Offer The Challenge of Affluence
S. Broadberry The Productivity Race
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus one tutorial per week.
Course organiserProf Martin Chick
Tel: (0131 6)50 3842
Course secretaryMrs Ksenia Gorlatova
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
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