Introduction to Modern History, 1815-1914
Run by School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Alexander Sedlmaier
Overall aims and purpose
This module approaches the time between the Congress of Vienna and the outbreak of the First World War from a wide perspective, ranging from social structure to political and military history and from cultural trends to imperialism. It centres on Europe (including the British Isles). Students are expected to attend all lectures in order to gain a sense of the broad themes and how they interlock. Part of the module will introduce study skills and methodological approaches.
This module provides an introduction to nineteenth-century history, in particular: - Key events and dates - The political geography of Europe - Population and family structure - Urbanisation and emigration - Industrial Revolutions - Workers - Workers’ Political Movements - Revolutions - Middle Classes - Liberalism and Conservatism - Elites - Gender - Nationalism and Regionalism - State-building and Democracy - European imperialism
It also provides an introduction to basic study skills, in particular: - Searching literature and compiling a bibliography - Essay writing - Historiography - References, footnotes, plagiarism
Threshold students (D range) will demonstrate an appropriate range or depth of knowledge of at least parts of the relevant field and will make partly successful attempts to frame an argument that engages with historiographical controversies.
Good students (B range) will show a solid level of achievement in all learning outcomes. Work will be graded by considering content (the range of knowledge displayed); the directness and clarity of the argument; analysis (the ability to judge between interpretations and back arguments with evidence); and presentation [see Student Handbook for assessment criteria in these areas]. Answers will be expected to draw on specific examples and evidence; and to engage with current historiographical controversies.
Excellent students (A range) will show this level of achievement across the criteria combined with particularly impressive depths of knowledge and/or subtlety of analysis.
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the major issues, concepts and problems in nineteenth-century history.
Show awareness that history may be interpreted in different ways.
Apply basic study skills (e.g. compile a bibliography).
Present historical arguments in an essay and back them with evidence.
Pick one of the assessed essay questions and compile a bibliography of ten entries that will be relevant to answering the essay question. The main challenges with this literature search are (1) finding sources that might be useful and (2) filtering out the irrelevant material from what you find. The bibliography must fulfil the following requirements: - The bibliography must contain a monograph, a chapter in an edited volume, a journal ar-ticle, a book review and an item published after 2000. - All entries must be properly and consistently referenced and listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name (see Style Sheet).
On completion of your bibliographical list, use 250–300 words to summarise what you have found. Comment, for example, on the relevance of your bibliography and of individual items within it for the essay question you propose to answer. You may also wish to highlight any weaknesses in areas not yet sufficiently covered by your bibliography that will need to be addressed before completing your essay. In short, use this section to demonstrate your ability to analyse what you have found. This will be a starting point for your essay.
|ESSAY||2000-2500 word Essay||
Questions will test knowledge and understanding of the overall development of nineteenth-century history. Answers will be graded by considering scope of reading; content (the depth of knowledge displayed); the focus and clarity of argument; analysis (the ability to judge between interpretations and back arguments with evidence); presentation; and the ability to use references and bibliography appropriately [see Student Handbook for assessment criteria in these areas]. Answers will be expected to show detail of knowledge about the topic discussed and to engage with historiographical controversies where relevant.
|Written assignment, including essay||Book review||
Selecting one of the books in your bibliography that is relevant for your essay, write a book re-view of around 1,000 words. The book review should include: - A brief introduction of the author(s)/editor(s) and of the topic of the book - A summary of the book’s content and structure, of its methodological approach and findings - An assessment of its historiographical significance and merit. You may wish to add critical remarks (what are the book’s stronger and weaker aspects?). To get a better sense of a good book review, please have a look at published book reviews in academic journals such as The Journal of Modern History or European History Quarterly. You may wish to have a look at published reviews of the book you selected (but beware of plagiarism).
Support/advice • The book review will be covered in the lecture in week 5 • Make sure you obtain a copy of the book you would like to review early on. In many cases, the University Library will hold only one copy. • If you have questions concerning the book review, contact one of your tutors during their office hours.
Assessment criteria for the book review: 1. Accuracy of information and of the summary of the book’s main points 2. Assessment/evaluation of the reviewed book: does your review go beyond a mere summary towards independent appraisal, critical evaluation, and/or historiographical contextualization? 3. Scholarly writing style
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Leture topics include: - Key events and dates - The political geography of Europe - Population and family structure - Urbanisation and emigration - Industrial Revolutions - Workers - Workers’ Political Movements - Revolutions - Middle Classes - Liberalism and Conservatism - Elites - Nationalism and Regionalism - State-building and Democracy - European imperialism - Searching literature and compiling a bibliography - Essay writing - Historiography - References, footnotes, plagiarism - Exam techniques and strategies
There are no seminar presentations, but students are expected to come prepared to discuss the relevant issues. In order to be prepared for the seminar discussion, students should read the items listed for each week in the module handbook and take notes on their reading. You may wish to read further making use of the reading lists provided.
For each lecture topic (which are also the topics studied in essays) there is a reading list. Many of these identify key texts that are useful in studying a topic. This is not an A-level course, and the topics and reading are more complicated than at A-level. You must expect to read a good deal.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- 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
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- problem solving to develop solutions to understand the past
- understanding the complexity of change over time; in specific contexts and chronologies
- being sensitive to the differences, or the "otherness" of the past, and the difficulty to using it as a guide to present or future action
- being sensitive to the role of perceptions of the past in contemporary cultures
- producing logical and structured arguments supported by relevant evidence
- planning, designing, executing and documenting a programme of research, working independently
- marshalling and critically appraising other people's arguments, including listening and questioning
- demonstrating a positive and can-do approach to practical problems
- demonstrating an innovative approach, creativity, collaboration and risk taking
- preparing effective written communications for different readerships
- making effective and appropriate use of relevant information technology
- making critical and effective use of information retrieval skills using paper-based and electronic resources
- collaborating effectively in a team via experience of working in a group
- appreciating and being sensitive to different cultures and dealing with unfamiliar situations
- critical evaluation of one's own and others' opinions
- engaging with relevant aspects of current agendas such as global perspectives, public engagement, employability, enterprise, and creativity
Resource implications for students
None, other than perhaps the acquisition of a few books.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/hxh-1004.html
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- V100: BA History year 1 (BA/H)
- VV41: BA Herit, Archae & Hist year 1 (BA/HAH)
- VV42: BA Heritage, Archaeology & History with International Exp year 1 (BA/HAHIE)
- V10F: BA History [with Foundation Year] year 1 (BA/HF)
- V1W6: BA History with Film Studies year 1 (BA/HFS)
- V1W7: BA History with Film Studies with International Experience year 1 (BA/HFSIE)
- 8B03: BA History (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/HIE)
- V1P5: BA History with Journalism year 1 (BA/HJ)
- 8S11: BA History with Journalism (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/HJIE)
- V1PM: BA Hanes gyda Newyddiaduraeth year 1 (BA/HN)
- V140: BA Modern & Contemporary History year 1 (BA/MCH)
- L200: BA Politics year 1 (BA/POL)
- L20F: BA Politics [with Foundation Year] year 1 (BA/POLF)
- L201: BA Politics with Placement Year year 1 (BA/POLP)
- VV12: BA Welsh History/History year 1 (BA/WHH)
- V102: MArts History with International Experience year 1 (MARTS/HIE)
- V101: MArts History year 1 (MARTS/HIST)
Optional in courses:
- M930: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice year 1 (BA/CRIM)
- X315: BA Childhood and Youth Studies and Sociology year 1 (BA/CYSS)
- LL13: BA Sociology/Economics year 1 (BA/ECS)
- LL2B: BA Sociology & Economics (4 yr with Incorporated Foundation) year 1 (BA/ECS1)
- 3QV1: BA History and English Literature year 1 (BA/ELH)
- LQ3J: BA English Lang. & Sociology year 1 (BA/ELSOC)
- P3V1: BA Film Studies and History year 1 (BA/FSH)
- V103: BA History and Archaeology year 1 (BA/HA)
- V1V9: BA History with Archaeology with International Experience year 1 (BA/HAIE)
- V1V4: BA History with Archaeology year 1 (BA/HAR)
- VW23: BA Hanes Cymru a Cherddoriaeth year 1 (BA/HCAC)
- MVX1: BA History/Criminology year 1 (BA/HCR)
- LV11: BA History/Economics year 1 (BA/HEC)
- RV11: BA History/French year 1 (BA/HFR)
- RV21: BA History/German year 1 (BA/HG)
- RV31: BA History/Italian year 1 (BA/HIT)
- RV32: BA History and Italian (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/HITIE)
- VW13: BA History and Music year 1 (BA/HMU)
- VW14: BA History and Music with International Experience year 1 (BA/HMUIE)
- RV41: BA History/Spanish year 1 (BA/HSP)
- LVJ1: BA Cymdeithaseg/Hanes year 1 (BA/HSW)
- V130: BA Mediaeval and Early Modern His year 1 (BA/MEMH)
- LP33: BA Media Studies and Sociology year 1 (BA/MSSOC)
- VVV1: BA Philosophy and Religion and History year 1 (BA/PRH)
- L300: BA Sociology year 1 (BA/S)
- L31B: BA Sociology (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 1 (BA/S1)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 1 (BA/SEL)
- L30F: BA Sociology [with Foundation Year] year 1 (BA/SF)
- LV31: BA Sociology/History year 1 (BA/SH)
- 8Y70: BA Sociology (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/SIE)
- LQ31: BA Sociology/Linguistics year 1 (BA/SL)
- L402: BA Social Policy year 1 (BA/SOCPOL)
- L40F: BA Social Policy [with Foundation Year] year 1 (BA/SOCPOLF)
- LV41: BA Social Policy/History year 1 (BA/SPH)
- LVK1: BA Polisi Cymdeithasol/Hanes year 1 (BA/SPWH)
- LVL1: BA Pol Cymd/Han Cymru year 1 (BA/SPWWH)
- LVH1: BA Cymdeithaseg/Hanes Cymru year 1 (BA/SWWH)
- QV51: BA Cymraeg/History year 1 (BA/WH)
- QVM2: BA Welsh History/Cymraeg year 1 (BA/WHW)
- M1V1: LLB Law with History year 1 (LLB/LH)
- M1V2: LLB Law with History (International Experience) year 1 (LLB/LHI)