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ECO2019 : British Economic History, 1780-1979

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Brian Varian
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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'?
Britain's trade with its Empire/Commonwealth

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00PiP seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module includes both lectures and seminars. During the lectures, the relevant scholarly arguments and main supporting evidence will be presented. During the seminars, students will evaluate and critique the arguments, drawing upon both the lectures and the module readings.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam format is ideal for this module, given that it can be used to assess the mixture of quantitative and qualitative evidence presented in the module (in lectures, seminars, and readings). Moreover, as this module emphasises the critique of scholarly arguments, an exam is conducive to such an exercise.

Reading Lists