Nineteenth-Century Britain: Progress, Poverty and Protest
Monday 19th September 2016 - Friday 9th December 2016
Delivery: Distance Learning (Online)
Explore Britain's industrial revolution, the related problems of urbanisation and poverty, and the impact of protest movements and political reform in the nineteenth century.
Many of our modern British institutions and ways of thinking have their roots in the Victorian period and together we will discover how innovative this period of British history was.
Deadline for Registrations: Wednesday 14th September 2016
Week 1: Britain in 1750
Week 2: The ‘making of the English working class’
Week 3: Industrialisation
Week 4: A revolution in agriculture
Week 5: Urbanisation and demographic change
Week 6: Religious revival and decline
Week 7: The poor law and social reform
Week 8: Trade unionism and party politics
Week 9: Women, suffragism, and the extension of the franchise
Week 10: Britain and her empire in the late nineteenth century
Week 11: The growth of leisure and popular culture
Week 12: Technological development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Learning / Teaching Methods
This course is delivered via the internet using an online system called ELE: the Exeter Learning Environment. Students will be given a username and password to log in to the course. A 'unit' of course material will be released every week for students to work through and class discussions on this material will take place in the online forum.
Class discussions are asynchronous - i.e. students do not need to be online at a 'set' time - they can leave and collect messages from the online discussion environment at a time suitable for them.
A chat room facility is also available. This is entirely optional, but students can arrange a mutually convenient time to communicate with each other 'instantly', by means of this facility, if they would like more immediate contact with others studying this subject.
Throughout the course, students will be given ideas and questions to respond to in the online discussion area; these are optional and there are no assignments in terms of essays or other marked work. Students who might like to undertake an assignment may be able to arrange this with the tutor on an individual basis.
As this course is non-credit-bearing there are no exams or assessments.
This course will help students to acquire knowledge of nineteenth century Britain in terms of:
- the profound changes that took place within British industry and agriculture and the impact of those changes on the working population;
- the changes that took place within British politics via social reform, and the rise of trade unionism and suffragism;
- The events surrounding the Boer War
There are no required texts for this course.
Some suggested reading
Black, J and Macraild, D (2003) Nineteenth-Century Britain, Palgrave. Paperback.
Hobsbawm, E (1999, 2nd rev. ed.) Industry and Empire, Penguin.
All students are reminded that to safeguard your own work and out of courtesy to others, it is sensible to ensure that the computer you will be using has anti-virus software installed and that this is regularly updated. Likewise, mac users who use Microsoft Word should ensure that they have enabled macro virus protection (this setting is found as a tick box in Word under 'preferences').
Preparatory study is not expected.
Students who register before the deadline may be given access to the discussion environment prior to the course start. In this case, students are welcome to log in and introduce themselves to each other and to the tutor - perhaps giving a little detail about their reasons for choosing this subject - before the official start date.