The Age of Reform 1770-1835
The Age of Reform: Britain 1770-1835 2023-24
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 1
Lowri Ann Rees
Topics explored over the course of the module may include, but are not limited to the following: an overview of the unreformed political system and the concept of reform; the impact of the American War of Independence on Britain; the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the Abolition movement; the impact of the French Revolution, and the subsequent war with France, on Britain; crime, punishment and penal reform; George III and the 1789 Regency Crisis; Ireland and the Act of Union (1800); popular protest and government responses; Catholic Emancipation (1829); the Great Reform Act (1832); impact of reform on working conditions; poor law reform.
-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.
- Analyse individual pieces of historical evidence closely – particularly setting them in context, judging their qualities as evidence, and explaining their significance
- Demonstrate a wide-ranging knowledge concerning Britain and reform during the period 1770-1835.
- Judge between the competing interpretations of the historiography (including current positions in historical and other academic writing)
- Present clear, evidence-based, and cogent historical argument under examination conditions
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)