Module Catalogue 2022/23

HIS2323 : Britain since the 60s

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Farr
  • Lecturer: Dr Vicky Long
  • Teaching Assistant: Dr Mike Langthorne
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
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This module practises contemporary history. It is a survey course of Britain since the 1960s, up to the present day. It will consider all aspects of life in Britain, and Britain's relations with the wider world.

It will

1. introduce and immerse the students in critical reflection around the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of Britain, from the 1960s to the present day.

2. support students to better identify then develop their skills, including those traditionally associated with history teaching (independent research and study; critical and reflective thinking; information literacy; written expression), as well as broader skills.

Both aims are addressed in the teaching content and methods and in the assessment types. The module also aims to support the wider progression of the students and what is expected from them at Stage 2, building on their foundational Stage 1 year and preparing them for Stage 3. The wealth of primary material makes this area highly suitable for dissertations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Subjects covered will include politics, social attitudes, the economy, the nations, culture, media, education, health, gender, and sexuality.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

A rounded understanding of Britain since the 1960s achieved through the widest variety of sources.

1. That students should be able to use multiple types of sources and media to understand the complexities of contemporary Britain including official publications, government records, fiction and poetry, art, business records, newspapers, social media, cinema and TV.

2. That students should be able to understand the key patterns of social, economic, cultural and political aspects of Britain. That students should be able to think critically about the issues and legacies presented by the study of contemporary history.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Overall this module aims to ensure a defined progression for students from Stage 1 to Stage 2 and to prepare them for Stage 3. This is driven primarily to defined work on key skills (outlined below), as well as the content and approaches taken in the teaching and independent study elements of the module described above.

Practical skills

•       to use and critically evaluate primary sources
•       to identify and retrieve information from a wide variety of sources

Key skills

•       to achieve effective oral and written communication
•       to show initiative, self-discipline and self-direction in learning
•       to improve performance through reflection, self-assessment and using feedback effectively

Cognitive (thinking) skills

•       To critically evaluate, analyse and discuss a wide range of source materials.
•       To construct extended written assessments supported by relevant historical evidence.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00PiP lectures, one per week
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Online lectures, count towards contact hours
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion671:0067:00Preparation time for assessment components
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities501:0050:00Structured research and reading activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00PiP seminars, one per week
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00General consolidation activities
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and non-synchronous lecture materials will introduce topics and provide expert orientation and exposition on a broad range of themes and issues, supplemented by the module reading list. In-person lectures will provide opportunities for dialogue, while lecture materials can be reviewed at any time across the week and revisited numerous times afterwards. In the event that on-campus sessions need to be reduced, there is the capacity to present recorded materials asynchronously and retain timetabled slots for live discussion of these materials.

Seminars will also consolidate the learning progress from lectures, lecture materials, and weekly readings by enabling students to focus on connected issues and material in greater depth. Seminars will be student-led and facilitated by teaching staff. In the event that on-campus sessions need to be reduced, there is the capacity to hold live seminar discussions online and retain timetabled slots.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20500-word written exercise
Essay2A803000-word research essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2M500-word written exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module (1) supports and assesses student progression at Stage 2 and (2) endeavours to support their skills development, including academic and employability.

Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress. Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

One formative written exercise and two summative submissions assess critical thinking and writing skills structured around the themes and content of the module.

All exchange students at Newcastle University including Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola are warmly encouraged to do the same assessment as the domestic students unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, students need to discuss it with their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them.

Students who opt for the alternative assessment because they will have to leave Newcastle University before the assessment period (excluding Erasmus students, who are contractually obliged to be at Newcastle until the end of the semester) should submit their essays through Canvas.

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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