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ECO2019 : British Economic History, 1780-1979

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Brian Varian
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To understand those factors determining Britain's economic performance from its Industrial Revolution in the late eighteenth century to its relative economic decline in the postwar era.

Outline Of Syllabus

Two centuries of growth and structural change
The Industrial Revolution
Trade and factor flows during the first era of globalization
British manufacturing in international perspective
Did late-Victorian Britain fail?
The classical and interwar gold standards
The interwar era: new industries, protection, and the retreat to empire
Postwar Britain: a 'golden age' or the 'sick man of Europe'?

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00PiP lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials31:003:00Pre-recorded lecture materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PiP seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time31:003:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,000 words
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Reading Lists