HS2O23-Radical ideas, 1776-1867: from Common Sense to Capital

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof David Stack

Email: d.a.stack@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Part 2 Options can be either chronological or thematic. Chronological Options will usually take the form of a survey of a particular geographical area or nation over a defined period of one or two centuries. These Options aim to acquaint students with the causes and consequences of continuity and change over the long term in the political, social, economic and cultural systems under study. Thematic Options take key concepts, ideas, or debates in history and study them in a number of different contexts, either geographically or across historical periods. The aim again is to acquaint students with the causes of continuity and change, but this time by a more comparative approach.


Aims:

Part 2 Options can be either chronological or thematic. Chronological Options will usually take the form of a survey of a particular geographical area or nation over a defined period of one or two centuries. These Options aim to acquaint students with the causes and consequences of continuity and change over the long term in the political, social, economic and cultural systems under study. Thematic Options take key concepts, ideas, or debates in history and study them in a number of different contexts, either geographically or across historical periods. The aim again is to acquaint students with the causes of continuity and change, but this time by a more comparative approach.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:




  • identify and explain the main issues and events studied

  • appraise critically the primary sources and historiographical interpretations of the subject

  • think comparatively about aspects of  African, American, British, European, Middle Eastern and South Asian history over a substantial period

  • assess the nature of social, economic, political and cultural change and the particular methodologies associated with tracing it

  • organise material and articulate arguments effectively in different kinds of written exercises and orally

  • locate and assemble bibliographic and other information by independent research, using IT as appropriate


Additional outcomes:

The module aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student’s effectiveness in group situations and team-working. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources and databases, where appropriate.


Outline content:

This module will explore the ‘radical ideas’ that shaped British society in the period between the American Revolution and the passing of the Second Reform Act. The module will take a broad approach to intellectual history, studying science and religion, as well as social and cultural attitudes to race and women, alongside politics. Starting from the Enlightenment ideas of Thomas Paine, the first half of the module will explore the rise of radicalism and Chartism, Jeremy Bentham’s utilitarianism, and Robert Owen’s socialism, as well as the radical critique of democracy in America. In the second half of the module, the focus will shift from key thinkers to social and cultural concepts, as we explore popular science, including phrenology and evolutionary ideas, the arguments for birth control and feminism, the rise of secularism, and libertarian concerns with the freedom of the individual in a mass society. A key principle underlying the module is that radical ideas exist in dialogue with a society’s dominant conservative culture and at each stage we will seek to develop an understanding of the broader historical context.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Seminars, requiring preparatory reading and investigation, may include informal and interactive presentations by the module teacher; structured group discussion; short seminar papers by students; occasional tutorials; team-based simulation exercises and debates; examination of primary and secondary sources, as appropriate. Staff will be available for consultation as necessary.



 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 20
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study 169
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Students will write ONE essay of 2,500 words, to be handed in by 12 noon on the Monday of week 11 of term, which should be submitted electronically via Blackboard. Five marks will be deducted if the coursework essay exceeds 2,625 words (ie 5% over the word limit).


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    One two-hour paper requiring two answers to be taken at the time of the Part 2 examinations.


    Requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-assessment will be by the same method as the module’s original requirement, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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