Postgraduate Course: War and Identities in Twentieth Century Britain and Ireland (PGHC11339)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This MSc option adopts a social and cultural perspective on the impact of war on British and Irish society, taking a detailed look at the interplay between national, ethnic, class and gender identities at times of conflict. It focuses primarily on the twentieth century.
Particular attention is paid to the connections between national identities and the memory of war: the ways in which different wars have been narrated, remembered and commemorated. The course also adopts an inter-disciplinary approach drawing upon oral sources, film, literature, art and photography.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: 4,000 word essay (90%), and a book review of 500 words (10%)
||Students will submit a short exercise (an assessed book review) in Week 5 which will provide an opportunity for formative feedback.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning the impact of war on society and its role in the social and cultural history of twentieth century Britain and/or Ireland
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the significant historiographical trends which have emerged addressing war, memory and the construction of national identities
- Develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
- Demonstrate originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
|M. Cragoe and C. Williams (eds), Wales and War: Society, Politics and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007), Introduction, pp. 1-14|
Martin Francis '"The domestication of the male" Recent research on nineteenth and twentieth-century British masculinity' Historical Journal, 45, 3 (2002), pp. 637- 652
N. Hayes and J. Hill (eds), 'Millions Like Us?' British Culture in the Second World War (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1999)
Keith Jeffery, Ireland and the Great War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
B. Korte and R. Schneider (eds) War and the Cultural Construction of Identities in Britain (Amsterdam: Rodopi BV, 2002)
K. Kumar, The Making of English National Identity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
K Lunn, Reconsidering 'Britishness': The Construction and Significance of National Identity in Twentieth-Century Britain in B Jenkins and S Sofos (eds) Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe (London: Routledge 1996), pp. 83- 100
Panikos Panayi, The enemy in our midst: Germans in Britain during the First World War (1991).
K. Robbins, Great Britain. Identities, Institutions and the Idea of Britishness (Harlow: Addison Wesley, 1998)
A. D. Smith National Identity (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1991)
Penny Summerfield, Reconstructing Women's Wartime Lives (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008
P. Ward, Britishness Since 1870 (London: Routledge, 2004)
R. Weight, Patriots: National Identity in Britain 1940-2000 (London, Macmillan, 2002).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||War Identities 20th Century Britain Ireland
|Course organiser||Dr Wendy Ugolini
Tel: (0131 6)50 3766
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Perry