Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1  2500 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Essay 2  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2  2500 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the secondary source material and the ongoing debates in the study of the British Isles in the long eighteenth century.

Demonstrate an ability to reflect upon and critically analyze relevant primary sources from the period.

Demonstrate an ability to collect, collate and analyze relevant historical evidence in order to construct convincing written arguments.

Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the key developments in the history of the British Isles in the long eighteenth century.

Brief description

This module will offer students a political, social and cultural history of the British Isles in the long eighteenth century, from around 1660 to 1800. This was the age of revolutions, political and industrial, and the impact of these significant developments will be considered throughout the module. That will include key political points of crises like the Jacobite rebellion, the impact of the American War of Independence and the French Revolution. In addition, social and cultural aspects of the period will be explored, including the power of the country house and landed estate, the growth of consumerism, the emergence of the middling sorts and working class, as well as the impact of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. An over-arching theme will be the extent to which a ‘British’ state and sense of identity was created during this period.


1. 1660 and the Restoration of Authority
2. The ‘Glorious’ Revolution
3. The Scottish Union and Jacobitism
4. The Forging of a ‘British’ State?
5. Welsh Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century
6. The Landed Gentry and Society
7. The Making of the Working Class
8. The Middling Sorts
9. The Religious Revival in England and Wales
10. Britain and the Enlightenment
11. The Consumer Revolution
12. Crime and Punishment
13. Popular Culture
14 The Influence of Romanticism
15. The Sublime Landscape
16. The British Isles and the American War of Independence
17. Britain and the French Revolution
18. Conclusion

1. The ‘Glorious Revolution’?
2. The Ruling Elite
3. Morality and Immorality
4. The Influence of Romanticism
5. The Impact of the French Revolution
6. A ‘British’ Identity?

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Students will develop these skills in the process of seeking out suitable sources and persisting with their research to meet the required deadlines.
Students will develop their critical skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness, then analysing their findings in seminar discussions and written assignments.
Students will engage with each other in group discussions in seminars and coordinate in order to produce effective answers to set questions.
Students will develop transferable skills such as time management and working effectively to deadlines.
Students will need to make use of online resources in order to research and produce their assignments effectively.
Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework and written examination; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.
Students will need to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses demonstrated in their first assignment, with the assistance of the feedback provided, in order to strengthen their performance in the second assignment.
Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.


This module is at CQFW Level 6