Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Cradle to Grave? Welfare and Society in Modern 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 1 x Seminar every fortnight


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2 hour, 2 question examination  70%

Brief description

This broad, introductory course will survey the history of the welfare state in early twentieth century Britain in its social, economic, political and demographic contexts. The extension of central government into various aspects of people'r lives was one of the central features of the twentieth century and the significance of social policies on the everyday lives of ordinary people will be considered. The extent to which transformations in standards of living can be attributed to government policies and actions will be evaluated but the course will also consider the costs of such large-scale government intervention.


This module is at CQFW Level 4