Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Politics and Society in 20th-Century Britain
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 hour
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester Assessment - 2 x 2,500 word essays  50%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Semester Examination - 3hr closed examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment  Submit any missing or failed written work  50%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Supplementary Examination - 3hr closed examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge in the field of modern and contemporary British political, social and cultural history.
b) Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of the scope and variety of sources in modern British history.
c) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of historical techniques relevant to a comparative study of political and social developments.
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts, in particular contemporary reportage and other media sources.
f) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
g) Develop oral (not assessed) and written skills which will have been improved through seminar discussions and essays
h) Work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

This option module considers British history from the turn of the twentieth century until the fairly recent past (the fall of Margaret Thatcher). It will focus primarily on political developments but will, in addition, incoroporate social, economic and cultural change. The main theme of the module is the changing character of British politics throughout the twentieth century - its structures, discourse, political culture - and how these developments reflect, and in turn influence, other aspects of British society. Central to this theme are such topics as the evolution of a mass democracy, the impact of the two World Wars, Britain's search for an international post-war role, the development and downfall of a politics of concensus.


This module is at CQFW Level 6