IA108-3-FY-CO:
1939 – 2019: Eighty Years in the Life of the United Kingdom

The details
2020/21
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
30
04 August 2020

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA T710 American Studies (United States) (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA T7W8 American Studies (United States) with Film (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V31B Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V350 Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV38 Art History and History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV3B Art History and History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V3RB Art History and Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VR3B Art History with Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA W808 Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA MT28 Criminology and American Studies (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA W408 Drama (Including Foundation Year),
BA WQ28 Drama and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA T728 English and United States Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA R008 European Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9T8 European Studies and Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9R8 European Studies with French (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9R6 European Studies with German (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9R7 European Studies with Italian (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9L8 European Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9R9 European Studies with Spanish (Including Foundation Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA W628 Film Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA VW38 Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VW3B Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA PQ38 Film Studies and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA V102 History (Including Foundation Year),
BA MV98 History and Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV18 History and Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV2C History and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV38 History and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA V1W8 History with Film Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA V1L8 History with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA T7N3 Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA T7N4 Latin American studies with Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BA T7M8 Latin American studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA LQV0 Liberal Arts (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q900 Liberal Arts (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA QV2H Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV3B Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA LQ38 Literature and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA V144 Modern History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VL18 Modern History and International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV28 Modern History and Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA V502 Philosophy (Including Foundation Year),
BA V508 Philosophy (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VV54 Philosophy and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VVHP Philosophy and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VV51 Philosophy and History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV5X Philosophy and History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA MVC8 Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year),
BA VM58 Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VQ52 Philosophy and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA VQ58 Philosophy and Literature (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA LV2H Philosophy and Politics (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA LV8M Philosophy and Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV83 Philosophy and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA VL58 Philosophy and Sociology (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V5M8 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA VLM8 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VV58 Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV59 Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA L2CH Social Sciences,
BA LFCH Social Sciences,
BA L908 Global Studies (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q218 English and Comparative Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA L913 Global Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L916 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA W353 Art History, Visual Culture and Media Studies (including Foundation Year),
BA L401 Social Change (including Foundation Year,
BA P403 Film and Drama (Including Foundation Year),
BA L934 Global Studies with Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BA R101 Art History and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R103 Art History with Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R107 Language Studies with Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module offers an introduction to the historical events and processes that have helped to shape the contemporary United Kingdom. During the period in question the United Kingdom underwent a series of political and cultural changes that were to have profound effects on the society and economy of the UK, its status in the world, and its national perception of its changing world role. The module examines the principle causes and phases of change during this period and the effect these changes had upon the UK as a nation with particular emphasis on society and the people of Britain.

The module will run over 22 weeks. Students will be introduced, over the course of the module, to a level of knowledge and analysis which will provide an appropriate academic background for those wishing to study other periods of history, and other Humanities and Social Science subjects, within the UK university system. As well as examining recent history, the module will develop the skills that will enable students to interpret information, think critically, assess evidence and undertake research. The module will help enhance and refine students' writing skills, oral presentation skills and test/ exam taking skills and strategies.

The module requires no prior knowledge of, or experience of studying, British history.

Module aims

1. To provide a firm foundation of knowledge and understanding of key developments in UK history during the period studied.



2. To introduce students to the workings of the British political system;



3. To develop students' ability to think critically and to analyse historical data from a wide range of sources, in order to construct and convey an argument, both oral and written;



4. To develop students' skills necessary for further academic study through the practice of seminar discussions, small-group work, academic exercises, seminar presentations, individual study, research, and reflective, critical reading;



5. To explain the use of historical terms and concepts;



6. To increase students' awareness of the many different approaches (chiefly political, cultural, social and economic) towards the study of history, and the provisional, ever-evolving nature of contemporary history;



7. To familiarise students with the academic working environment of a UK university through the study of history;



8. To acquaint students with what are - and what are not - accepted modes of academic discourse, the need to cite sources, and the paramount importance of avoiding plagiarism.



9. To enhance students' knowledge of and interest in history by preparing them for potential undergraduate study of the subject;



10. To increase students' awareness of the importance of an understanding of historical issues to enhance their future study of other humanities and social science subjects.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module a student will be expected to be able to:



1. Demonstrate knowledge of key events in the history of the United Kingdom during the twentieth century (including the most significant cultural changes within UK society and the UK's changing relationships with its key overseas partners and allies) and assess how that historical knowledge contributes to a thorough understanding of the contemporary United Kingdom.



2. Demonstrate awareness of the workings of the British political system, and of recent (and ongoing) political debates.



3. Engage fully with the study of history, and other Humanities and Social Science subjects, through the taking of lecture notes, the undertaking of independent study and active participation in seminar discussion.



4. Apply the key skill of critical, analytical thinking to the examination of historical evidence from a variety of sources in order to then incorporate this analysis of evidence into written work, oral presentations and seminar discussions.



5. Analyse assignment and exam questions, and research and construct an appropriate academic argument in response.



6. Reference secondary and primary sources accurately and appropriately, and construct an accompanying bibliography.



7. Summarise, comment upon and analyse historical arguments and debates in an informed and coherent manner in written work, oral presentations and seminar discussions to a level that will lead to potential success in Year 1 of a BA History or related Humanities or Social Science degree.

Module information

Syllabus

What is History? What is Historical Research? What is the United Kingdom? Britain in the lead up to WW2.

Home Fires (World War 2)

Attlee, Labour and the Welfare State (1945 to 1951)

Thirteen Wasted Years? (1951 to 1964)

The Short Sixties (1964-1969)

Changing Relationships #1 - Britain and the Wider World (1945- 1969)

The 1970s -The Decade of Decline? #1

The 1970s -The Decade of Decline? #2

Changing Relationships #2 - Britain and the Wider World (1970-1979)

The 1980s #1. A Revolutionary Decade?

The 1980s # 2 The Them & Us Society.

Changing Relationships #3 Britain and the Wider World (1980 – PD)

Identity I: Britain Nowadays: Class & the Establishment

Identity II Britain Nowadays: Race, & Ethnicity

Identity III: Britain Nowadays: Gender & Sexuality

Identity IV: Britain Nowadays: A Nation of 4 Nations / Religion

The 1990#s #1 A Major Solution (or a Major Disaster?)

The 1990#s #2 Cool Britannia? Life in Blair's 'New' Britain

From the Millennium to the Coalition 2000-2009. AKA the Noughties

From A to B. The Road to Nowhere. AKA The Twenty-Tens


Assessment

Formative assessment:
There will be two formative assessments. In the Autumn Term a formative presentation on a great Briton or a great British event or the opposite - an indictment of a particular British person or British event. This is to give orientation to the course and practice for the summative OP the following term. In the Spring Term the formative assessment is on their self-run seminar on the British media (press TV etc.) This is to fit with our understanding of modern Britain and the way that it operates tying in particularly with our link at the issue of Identity.


Summative assessment:
- An online test on themes in the first term (25%)
Students are tested on their understanding of themes and main areas covered in the first term of the course. It will give an idea of the level of thought, reading, research and effort going into the course at this stage. The student can choose from several question areas.

- An oral presentation: 5-8 minutes (15%)
This OP is the first part of a two part Project accounting for 45% of the course mark – the second part being the process essay. Students chose a topic of interest to them connected to the UK and the time period under study, they also have to ensure that it is discursive/argumentative.

- A process essay: 1,500 words (30%)
The essay title will be produced by the students in agreement with the lecturer it will be an expansion of (or linked to) the topic area in the OP. Based on what they have presented on in the OP they construct a research question for themselves (to make sure it is discursive/argumentative) and then proceed to address this question. This essay is to be submitted on FASer.

- An online test on themes in the second term (30%)
Students are tested on their understanding of themes and main areas covered in the last 11 weeks of the course. With 50% in total being awarded in tests this ensures that the overriding topics and concerns from the lectures are being taken on board and understood. The student can choose from several question areas




Reassessment strategy

Failed Coursework - Resubmit a piece of coursework (1,500 words) which will be marked as 100% of the new module mark. The reassessment task will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.

If the individual oral presentation has been failed, students will also be required to submit a 500-word presentation in notes/slides format. The weighting will be divided equally between the assignment and the 500-word presentation.


Learning and teaching methods

Teaching and learning on Essex Pathways modules offers students the ability to develop the foundation knowledge, skills, and competences to study at undergraduate level, through a curriculum that is purposely designed to provide an exceptional learning experience. All teaching, learning and assessment materials will be available to you via Moodle in a consistent and user-friendly manner.

This module is delivered using a ‘blended’ approach that involves a range of teaching methods. There will be four hours of directed teaching and learning per week over 22 weeks and each week’s instruction will consist of a mixture of live ‘synchronous’ and recorded ‘asynchronous’ delivery. In addition, there will be an expectation that students undertake the guided set-reading and research necessary for their modules.

Asynchronous Delivery

The asynchronous aspects of the delivery are an evolution of the traditional University lecture and primarily focus on the sharing of academic theory and concepts to ensure students develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the discipline and cultivate an appreciation of relevant and current research in the subject area. This material will be made available to students via Moodle and will usually include essential and further reading, pre-recorded knowledge casts and some online, interactive activities that can be undertaken independently. Unlike traditional, timetabled lectures, the asynchronous aspects of the blended delivery provide students with the freedom and flexibility to learn at their own time, pace and convenience, each week. To ensure students can take advantage of this flexibility, materials will be released to the students in good time. In order for the students to benefit the most from the timetabled seminars, it is essential that students complete the necessary directed and guided learning before the event.

Synchronous Delivery

The synchronous elements of the teaching and learning will follow the structure of traditional university seminars. These may be delivered either face to face, on campus, or remotely via electronic means. The seminars provide students the opportunity to apply, and reflect upon what they have learned from the asynchronous delivery and guided study, and aim to bring the knowledge and understanding ‘to life’ by relating it to current issues and practice. In seminars students will develop skills of application, analysis and problem solving through a variety of activities including quizzes, problem scenarios and essay-style questions. Whether students are attending seminars remotely, or on campus, these will be scheduled at a weekly set-time, for the duration of the module and will appear in the timetable.

Bibliography*

  • Alwyn Turner. (2014) A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s, London: Aurum Press.
  • (no date) The Stephen Lawrence enquiry: 20 years on.
  • (2017) British cultural identities, New York, NY: Routledge.
  • More, Charles. (2007) Britain in the twentieth century, Harlow: Pearson Longman.
  • (no date) Stewart Morris - A decade in crisis.
  • Dominic Sandbrook. (2010) State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974, London: Allen Lane.
  • Richard Vinen. (2009) Thatcher's Britain: The Politics and Social Upheaval of the 1980s, London: Simon & Schuster.
  • Strange, Julie-Marie; Carnevali, Francesca. (2007) Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change, Harlow: Pearson Longman.
  • Clarke, P. F. (2004) Hope and glory: Britain, 1900-2000, London: Penguin. vol. 9
  • Sayeed, Richard Power. (©2017) 1997: the future that never happened, London, UK: Zed Books Ltd.
  • (no date) Stewart Morris - Is Class Dead?.
  • Was it a social and cultural revolution?, http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/sixties-britain/
  • Andy McSmith. (2010) No Such Thing as Society: A History of Britain in the 1980s, London: Constable.
  • Reynolds, David. (2000) Britannia overruled: British policy and world power in the twentieth century, Harlow: Longman.
  • Hennessy, Peter. (2006) Having It So Good: Allen Lane.
  • Stewart, Graham. (2013) Bang!: a history of Britain in the 1980s, London: Atlantic Books.
  • Alwyn W. Turner. (c2008) Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s, London: Aurum Press.
  • Turner, Alwyn W. (2014) A classless society: Britain in the 1990s, London: Aurum.
  • Andrew Marr. (2017) A history of modern Britain, London: Pan Books.
  • Morris, Stewart. (no date) Consensus politics in the 50s / 60s.
  • Stevenson, John. (1984) British Society, 1914-45, London: Penguin Books Ltd.
  • Alwyn Turner. (2010) Rejoice! Rejoice!: Britain in the 1980s: London.
  • Owen Jones. (2014) The Establishment: And how they get away with it, London: Allen Lane.
  • UK migration | 21st Century Challenges, https://21stcenturychallenges.org/uk-migration/
  • (no date) Did The Thatcher Governments Change Britain - Stewart Morris.
  • (no date) UN report on Britain and poverty November 2018.
  • Cohen, Stanley. (2011) Folk devils and moral panics: the creation of the Mods and Rockers, Abingdon: Routledge.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Participation    30% 
Coursework   Process Essay 1,500 Words     
Practical   IA108 - Oral Presentation    10% 
Written Exam  In-Class Test 2     
Written Exam  IA108 - In-Class Test 1    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Christopher Walklett, email: cwalk@essex.ac.uk.
Chris Walklett
Becky Humphreys (becky.humphreys@essex.ac.uk or 01206 872217)

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 260 hours, 252 (96.9%) hours available to students:
8 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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