Modern Ideas & Movements
Twentieth Century Ideas & Movements 2022-23
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 2
This module examines twentieth century history through key political ideaologies and the movements and individuals that shaped them. Topics explored over the course of the module may include, but will not be limited to: Communism, Fascism, Socialism and Social Democracy, Conservatism, Liberalism, and Nationalisms.
Topics explored over the course of the module may include, but will not be limited to: Communism, Fascism, Socialism and Social Democracy, Conservatism, Liberalism, and Nationalisms.
-threshold -Work is marked D if it: shows evidence of an acceptable minimum of reading, based partly on lecture notes and/or a basic textbook; covers some of the necessary ground but fails to discuss some large and vital aspects of a topic; deploys some relevant material but partly fails to combine it into a coherent whole or sustains a clear argument for only some parts of the piece; deploys some evidence to support individual points but often fails to do so or shows difficulty weighing evidence or chooses unreliable, atypical or inappropriate evidence; shows some awareness that the past can be interpreted in different ways but the differences will not receive sustained discussion or analysis; is often correctly presented but has sections where there are serious difficulties in presentation, style, spelling, grammar, or paragraph construction (but see section on dyslexia below); and uses references and bibliography where needed but sometimes misunderstands their appropriate use or makes serious mistakes in their presentation.
-good -Work will receive a B mark if it: is clear that it is based on solid reading; covers the necessary ground in depth and detail; advances a well-structured, relevant, and focused argument; analyses and deploys an appropriate range of historical and/or archaeological evidence and considers possible differences of interpretation; and is correctly presented with references and bibliography where appropriate.
-excellent -At this level, first-class work will have its argument supported by an impressive wealth and relevance of detail. It will usually also demonstrate an acute awareness of historiography and/or archaeological debate, and give an impressive account of why the conclusions reached are important within a particular historical or archaeological debate. It may show a particularly subtle approach to possible objections, moderating the line taken in the light of counter-examples, or producing an interesting synthesis of various contrasting positions. Overall, the standards of content, argument, and analysis expected will be consistently superior to top upper-second work. In essays and dissertations standards of presentation will be high.
-another level-Work will receive a C mark if it: shows evidence of solid reading, but remains superficial; covers most of the important aspects of the relevant field, but lacks depth; advances a coherent and largely relevant argument; employs some limited evidence to back its points; and is presented reasonably well with only limited mistakes. It will also contain appropriate references and bibliography, which may, however, contain some mistakes or be slightly erratic and/or partially insufficient.
- An ability to analyse secondary evidence very closely - particularly setting them in context, and explaining their significance
- Assess the impact of ideologies on political, social, economic and cultural action.
- Demonstrate knowledge of formative ideas of the twentieth century
- Present clear historical arguments in the form of essay answers.
- Relate ideas to movements.
Exam: two essay-style answers