|| WH34230 |
|| NATIONAL IDENTITIES IN THE BRITISH ISLES 1801-1914 |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Dr Paul B O'Leary |
|| Intended for use in future years |
|Next year offered
|| N/A |
|Next semester offered
|| N/A |
|| CF34220 , MW34220 , HC34230 |
| Course delivery
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 10 Hours |
|| Lecture || 18 Hours |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours ||60%|
|Semester Assessment|| Essay: 2 essays (1 x 4,000 words, 1 x 2,500 words) ||40%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge relating to the formation of national identities in Britain and Ireland in the period 1800-1914.
b) Reflect critically on the formation of national identities in the four nations of the British Isles and their relationship to an overarching British identity.
c) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of historical techniques relevant to the study of national identities in the past
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary texts.
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).
This module will examine the creation and development of national identities in the British Isles following the Union of Britain and Ireland in 1801. It will draw upon the theoretical work on the construction of 'imagined communities' to inform the discussion of specific themes. Among these themes will be the creation of a British identity and the tensions caused by competing identities; the generation of new 'traditions'; war and popular imperialism; attitudes to out-groups and gender; and the mobilisation of national allegiances in leisure activities, especially sport. The recent debate on the nature of 'British history' will also be discussed.
** Recommended Text
Linda Colley Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837
Keith Robbins Nineteenth Century Britain
This module is at CQFW Level 6