The Making of the Modern World since 1750

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 04 October 2018
Friday 28 June 2019
23 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA VT2R American History (Including Year Abroad),
BA MV91 History and Criminology,
BA MV92 History and Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA MV98 History and Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA MV9C History and Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA V1L2 History with Human Rights,
BA V1L8 History with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA V1LF History with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA V1LG History with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA V140 Modern History,
BA V144 Modern History (Including Foundation Year),
BA V148 Modern History (Including Placement Year),
BA V149 Modern History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VL12 Modern History and International Relations,
BA VL14 Modern History and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BA VL18 Modern History and International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA VL1F Modern History and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA LV21 Modern History and Politics,
BA LV22 Modern History and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LV28 Modern History and Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV2C Modern History and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L903 Global Studies,
BA L904 Global Studies (including year abroad),
BA L905 Global Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA L908 Global Studies (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA LR04 Global Studies and Modern Languages (Including Year Abroad),
BA L910 Global Studies with Politics,
BA L911 Global Studies with Politics (Including year abroad),
BA L912 Global Studies with Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L913 Global Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L914 Global Studies with Human Rights,
BA L916 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA L917 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L918 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This team-taught, full-year module familiarises the students with the main factors and processes that made the modern globalized world we are living in today. It begins by identifying the roots of 'Modernity' and the rise of Europe, then focuses on the key developments of the late 18th and 19th centuries, tracing their impact through to the present day and the current crisis of globalisation. The module structure and content of the lectures reflect the political, social, and cultural dimensions of the modern world, and also its global character.

Module aims

The module aims to introduce students to conceptual thinking by giving them an understanding of ideas such as 'Modernity', 'Modernization', and 'Globalisation', among others. This is done through the discussion and understanding of different histories, different methodological approaches and different ways of interpreting the past.

Module learning outcomes

The module helps students with their academic skills, especially in making the transition to more independent study in the second and third year. Students are taught how to interpret primary sources, how to find and read relevant secondary literature, how to write essays, and how to organise their studies effectively.

Module information

General reading list:

John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe From the French Revolution to the Present, (Vol.2) (New York and London, 1996).

Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Revolutions, 1789-1848 (London, 1962).

Ida Blom, Catherine Hall and Karen Hageman (eds.) Gender Nations. Nationalism and Gender Order in the Long Nineteenth Century (Oxford, 2000).

David Armitage and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, The Age of Revolutions in Global Context (Basingstoke, 2010).

Eric Wolf, Europe and the People Without History, (New York, 1982).

Philip D. Curtin, The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex: Essays in Atlantic History (Cambridge, 1990).

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Essay (2000 words) 50%
Coursework Draft analysis of a secondary source (ma 0%
Coursework Analysis of a secondary source (max 500 20%
Coursework Analysis of a primary source (750-1000 w 20%
Practical Seminar Participation 10%
Exam 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Overall assessment
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Belinda Waterman, Department of History, 01206 872313



External examiner

Dr Rachel Rich
Leeds Beckett University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 132 hours, 128 (97%) hours available to students:
4 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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