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HIS8105 : Reform and Resistance in British History (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sarah Campbell
  • Lecturer: Professor Jeremy Boulton, Dr Shane McCorristine, Dr Vicky Long
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module builds upon the theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired in the compulsory modules HIS8024 and HI8025, and embraces a comparative approach towards the History of the British Isles at an advanced level. These aims are pursued through the analysis, discussion, and application of theoretical models to specific historical case studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will explore the study of the impact of pressures for change, and opposition to them throughout British history, such as political struggle, social (public and private) conflicts. Seminar subjects may include: female emancipation, organisation and representation of labour, Catholic emancipation, Home Rule and devolution, nationalism, colonial independence, rights for immigrant communities, welfare reform, cultural and artistic innovation, the sexual revolution, youth culture, and popular protest.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion248:0096:00Researching and writing of assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading541:0054:006 hours of reading for weekly seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00Present in Person. Two hour weekly seminar. Can migrate online easily. No seminar in weeks 1 or 12.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study271:0027:003 hours preparatory tasks for weekly seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time22:004:00Drop in session for assessments online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00PiP. Can migrate online. Introduction to the module in week 1.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability. Seminars at MA level allow students to share perspectives on their reading and personal research interests, as well as to engage in an advanced-level critical discussion of the problems and issues surrounding the theme under review. Drop in sessions provide in-depth feedback and offer an opportunity for some one-to-one discussion on the assessments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M50Essay of 2000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Essay2A50One essay or assignment of 2000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

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.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the alternative of writing one 3,000 word essay during the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of other students on the module. In order to take up this option, students need to discuss it with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator and their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them. The Study Abroad Co-ordinator will have the final say on such issues.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will require the provision of an alternative assessment before the end of semester. The alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 1,500 word essays in addition to the other coursework assessment. The essays should be set so as to assure full coverage of the course content.

Study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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