Modern Ideas & Movements
Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Marc Collinson
Overall aims and purpose
This module examines a range of key ideas from the twentieth centuries and plots their impact on the politics, economics, culture and social structure of modern nation states. It combines a text-based approach with an analysis of why we study ideas and belief systems, and engages with approaches drawn from political studies within a historical context. Then it explores the ways in which these ideas can provide direction, become corrupted and generates change in a particular culture or society.
Topics explored over the course of the module may include, but will not be limited to: historic policy analysis; interpretive political studies; policymaking processes; poverty in politics; gender and social change; race and decolonisation; decline and deindustrialisation; Keynesian economics and the British state; green movements and economic change.
C- to C+
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.
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.
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.
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.
Assess the impact of ideologies on political, social, economic and cultural action.
Demonstrate knowledge of formative ideas of the twentieth century
Relate ideas to movements.
An ability to analyse secondary evidence very closely - particularly setting them in context, and explaining their significance
Present clear historical arguments in the form of essay answers.
2500 word essay examining a theme engaging with secondary literature.
|REPORT||Policy Review Report||
2500 word policy review report engaging with secondary literature.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Initial lectures outline approach to studying ideas and movements. Each subsequent lecture will look at different socio-economic and political ideas, considering how these shaped different political parties and movements, social organisations and policies.
One-hour weekly seminar
Students must dedicate time to private study whilst enrolled on this module, to build on knowledge gleaned in class, and work on their assignments.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- competence in using major theoretical perspectives and concepts in sociology, and their application to social life
- the ability to identify a range of qualitative and quantitative research strategies and methods
- the ability to undertake and present scholarly work
- the ability to recognise the relevance of sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy.
- Develop a sound appreciation of the variety of theories that comprise the discipline of social policy and how these impact on social policy interventions
- Become cognizant with key conceptual debates within the field of contemporary social policy
- Appreciate the value of and apply theoretical and methodological rigour to analyses of welfare issues;
- Be aware of the ethical, social and political contexts within which social policy practice and research is conducted and delivered
- Develop a knowledge and expertise with respect to a range of evidence-based policy making and practice.
- Develop a sophisticated understanding of the processes of social policy analysis and evaluation.
Resource implications for students
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- V100: BA History year 2 (BA/H)
- V10F: BA History [with Foundation Year] year 2 (BA/HF)
- 8B03: BA History (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/HIE)
- L200: BA Politics year 2 (BA/POL)
- L202: BA Politics and Economics year 2 (BA/POLEC)
- L20F: BA Politics [with Foundation Year] year 2 (BA/POLF)
- L201: BA Politics with Placement Year year 2 (BA/POLP)
- M1L2: LLB Law with Politics year 2 (LLB/LPOL)
- V102: MArts History with International Experience year 2 (MARTS/HIE)
- V101: MArts History year 2 (MARTS/HIST)
Optional in courses:
- 3QV1: BA History and English Literature year 2 (BA/ELH)
- P3V1: BA Film Studies and History year 2 (BA/FSH)
- V103: BA History and Archaeology year 2 (BA/HA)
- VV41: BA Herit, Archae & Hist year 2 (BA/HAH)
- VV42: BA Heritage, Archaeology & History with International Exp year 2 (BA/HAHIE)
- V1V9: BA History with Archaeology with International Experience year 2 (BA/HAIE)
- V1V4: BA History with Archaeology year 2 (BA/HAR)
- MVX1: BA History/Criminology year 2 (BA/HCR)
- LV11: BA History/Economics year 2 (BA/HEC)
- RV11: BA History/French year 2 (BA/HFR)
- V1W6: BA History with Film Studies year 2 (BA/HFS)
- V1W7: BA History with Film Studies with International Experience year 2 (BA/HFSIE)
- RV21: BA History/German year 2 (BA/HG)
- RV31: BA History/Italian year 2 (BA/HIT)
- RV32: BA History and Italian (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/HITIE)
- V1P5: BA History with Journalism year 2 (BA/HJ)
- 8S11: BA History with Journalism (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/HJIE)
- VW13: BA History and Music year 2 (BA/HMU)
- VW14: BA History and Music with International Experience year 2 (BA/HMUIE)
- RV41: BA History/Spanish year 2 (BA/HSP)
- V140: BA Modern & Contemporary History year 2 (BA/MCH)
- V130: BA Mediaeval and Early Modern His year 2 (BA/MEMH)
- VVV1: BA Philosophy and Religion and History year 2 (BA/PRH)
- VVV2: BA Philosophy and Religion and Welsh History year 2 (BA/PRWH)
- L300: BA Sociology year 2 (BA/S)
- L31B: BA Sociology (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (BA/S1)
- LM40: BA Sociology & Criminology & Crim Just with International Ex year 2 (BA/SCJIE)
- LM39: BA Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice year 2 (BA/SCR)
- L30F: BA Sociology [with Foundation Year] year 2 (BA/SF)
- LV31: BA Sociology/History year 2 (BA/SH)
- 8Y70: BA Sociology (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/SIE)
- L41B: BA Social Policy (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (BA/SOCP1)
- L402: BA Social Policy year 2 (BA/SOCPOL)
- L40F: BA Social Policy [with Foundation Year] year 2 (BA/SOCPOLF)
- LV41: BA Social Policy/History year 2 (BA/SPH)
- QV51: BA Cymraeg/History year 2 (BA/WH)
- V104: BA Welsh History and Archaeology year 2 (BA/WHAR)
- VP23: BA Welsh History and Film Studies year 2 (BA/WHFS)
- VV12: BA Welsh History/History year 2 (BA/WHH)
- VW2H: BA Welsh History and Music year 2 (BA/WHMU)
- LVH2: BA Welsh History/Sociology year 2 (BA/WHS)
- M1V1: LLB Law with History year 2 (LLB/LH)
- M1V2: LLB Law with History (International Experience) year 2 (LLB/LHI)
- L403: MSocSci Social Policy year 2 (MSOCSCI/SP)