Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

The ‘Thatcher Revolution’ of British political, social and economic life is an increasing presence in the historiography if modern Britain. The module will examine the origins, development, implementation, and legacy of Thatcherism. For instance: what were the cultural causes of Thatcherism in the 1960s? How did the New Right economic policies of Hayek and Friedman influence Conservative Party policy in the 1970s and 1980s? What was the social and economic impact of Thatcherism on Britain? How was Thatcher presented to the media? How was Thatcherism received by the public and media? How far was Thatcher responsible for the creation of New Labour? Has British politics, and have British policy makers, ever really moved on from Thatcherism? This module will involve the use of primary sources, such as policy documents and the press, and analysis of the trends in how historians have assessed Thatcher and her legacy from contemporary authors to the present day.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Through seminar discussion and essay writing. Only the latter is formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance By guided reflection during seminars and feedback sessions following submission of written work.
Information Technology Through data retrieval exercises for research purposes and word-processing for essay writing purposes.
Personal Development and Career planning Through furthering understanding of the discipline of history and the opportunities for research that it offers.
Problem solving By understanding how historians employ a variety of different methodological approaches towards understanding problems within their field.
Research skills By learning how to identify appropriate primary and secondary sources and utilising that material in their work.
Subject Specific Skills By enhancing methodological understanding of high medieval history and an awareness of key sources and approaches.
Team work Such skills will be developed through seminar work.


This module is at CQFW Level 7