Britain in the Jazz Age
Britain in the Jazz Age 2022-23
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 2
- War, Empire and Modernisation: The Boer War, WWI and an overview of the period.
- Royalty and national identity: the Edwardian era; 1911 Investiture of the Prince of Wales; the Abdication Crisis.
- Technological modernisation: Electricity, the wireless and motors. Case study of the Wembley Exhibition
- Britain on the Breadline: health, living conditions and depression
- Whippets, fish & chips and gambling: Workers, socialism and leisure
- Nationalism and identity: Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
- Ideology and the prelude to 1939 in Britain. A case study of Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists.
- Women in Love: Gender roles and fashion. A case study of the Mitford sisters
- Bright Young People: Sexuality, aristocracy and decadence
- Popular music: music halls, Jazz and Americanisation.
- From bodyline bowling to mountaineering: Sport and society 1900-1939.
- Workshop: Film and Jazz Age Britain
- 1 day field trip to Manchester: Museum of Science and Industry and the People’s History Museum (including access to the Labour Party Archive)
-threshold -Threshold students (D- and D) will have done only a minimum of reading, and their work will often be based partly on lecture notes and/or basic textbooks. They will demonstrate in their written assessments some knowledge of at least parts of the relevant field, and will make at least partially-successful attempts to frame an argument which engages with historical controversies, but they will fail to discuss some large and vital aspects of a topic; and/or deploy only some relevant material but partly fail to combine it into a coherent whole; and/or deploy some evidence to support individual points but often fail to do so and/or show difficulty weighing evidence (thereby relying on unsuitable or irrelevant evidence when making a point). Alternatively or additionally, the presentation of the work might also be poor, with bad grammar and/or punctuation, careless typos and spelling errors, and a lack of effective and correct referencing. -good -Good students (B- to B+) will demonstrate a solid level of achievement and depth of knowledge in all the criteria in the C- to C+ range, and will in addition exhibit constructive engagement with different types of historical writing and historiographical interpretation. Ideas will be communicated effectively and written work will include a good range of sources/reading and demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues and of the existing interpretations expressed in a well-structured, relevant, and focused argument. Students at the top end of this band will engage with and critique the ideas that they come across, and synthesise the various interpretations they find to reach their own considered conclusions. Written work will be correctly presented with references and bibliography where appropriate. -excellent -Excellent students (A- and above) will show strong achievement across all the criteria combined with particularly impressive depths of knowledge and/or subtlety of analysis. In written work, they will support their arguments with a wealth of relevant detail/examples. They will also demonstrate an acute awareness of the relevant historiography and give an account of why the conclusions reached are important within a particular historical debate. They may show a particularly subtle approach to possible objections, nuancing their argument 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. Standards of presentation will also be high. -another level-Students in this band (C- to C+) will demonstrate a satisfactory range of achievement or depth of knowledge of most parts of the module, and will make successful, if occasionally inconsistent, attempts to develop those skills appropriate to the study of History at undergraduate level. In the case of the written assessments, the answers will attempt to focus on the question, although might drift into narrative, and will show some evidence of solid reading and research. The argument might lose direction and might not be adequately clear at the bottom of this category. Written work will be presented reasonably well with only limited errors in grammar, punctuation, and referencing, and not to the extent that they obscure meaning.
- Address the complexity of reconstructing the past, and the problematic and varied nature of studying both national and regional history.
- Command comparative perspectives of the historical arguments relating to developments in Britain during this period.
- Comprehend and validate how the period has been portrayed in specified secondary sources.
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of Britain 1900-1939.
- Demonstrate a familiarity with a wide range of primary sources and understand their historiographical significance.
- Engage, in depth, with specific concepts and events covered in the period.
- To develop and sustain historical arguments and academic debate on particular aspects of the period.
Two essay-style questions to be answered from a selection of options to be completed over 24 hours . This is an exam that you do at home, and you will complete it via Blackboard/Turnitin.
This essay will be founded on a primary source analysis of your choice. You should discuss your choice in advance with the module convenor, who can also assist you in finding a suitable source.