|| HY13020 |
|| THE LANDED GENTRY OF ENGLAND AND WALES, 1750-1832 |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Eryn M White |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Miss Lowri Ann Rees |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours 2 HOUR CLOSED EXAM ||70%|
|Semester Assessment|| 1 X 2,500 WORD ESSAY ||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||2 Hours 2 HOUR CLOSED EXAM PLUS MISSING WRITTEN WORK ||100%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Assess critically the body of historical knowledge relating to this period and topic.
Comprehend the historical debates relating to landownership and the gentry during this period.
Express understanding and discuss related issues through writing in an academic context.
Work independently and as part of a group and take an active part in group discussions (not formally assessed).
This module will adopt a thematic approach to the history of the landed gentry in England and Wales towards the end of the long eighteenth century. Themes to be discussed include the rise of new wealth and the role of the gentry in society in relation to the idea of patriarchy. The module will also examine how closely the gentry adhered to this code of gentlemanly behaviour. The gentry's home, social life and public duties will be explored as well as the ways they were depicted in contemporary art and literature. The question of the decline of the gentry class will also be considered.
This module introduces students to the wealth of historical literature on the topic of the landed gentry during part of the long eighteenth century. It helps broaden the provision available to students at Level 1, especially for those studying the Medieval and Early Modern degree scheme.
1. Introduction to the period
Section 1: Economy and country house
2. Fabric of society
3. New wealth
4. The mansions and estates
5. The gentry family
6. How were country houses and estates run?
8. The relationship between landlord and tenant
Section 2: The role of the gentry beyond the country house
10. Public service
13. Vice and scandal
14. The Industrial Revolution
15. Contemporary visual culture
16. Contemporary literary culture
17. Decline of the gentry?
18. Concluding remarks
|| Identify problems and factors which might influence potential solutions; develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving; evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions. |
|| Read a wide range of both primary and secondary texts; understand a range of research methods and plan and carry out research; produce academically appropriate pieces of written work. |
|| Improve their listening skills during the lectures, and consequently develop skills in note taking; demonstrate and develop the ability to communicate ideas in two essays; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars. |
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|| Show awareness of own learning styles, personal preferences and needs; devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies; devise a personal action plan to include short and long-term goals and to develop personal awareness of how to improve on these |
|| Understand the concept of group dynamics; contribute to the setting of group goals; contribute effectively to the planning of group activities; play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars); exercise negotiation and persuasion skills; evaluate group activities and own contribution. |
|| Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to access information on CD-Roms and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be encouraged to word-process their work. These skills will not be formally assessed. |
|Personal Development and Career planning
|| Develop awareness of personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course in progression; plan and prepare for future course / career. |
** Recommended Text
Beckett, J. V. (1986.) The aristocracy in England 1660-1914 /J.V. Beckett.
Basil Blackwell 0631133917
Christie, Christopher (2000) The British Country House in the Eighteenth Century
Manchester University Press 0719047250PBK
Girouard, Mark (1978) Life in the English Country House
Yale University Press 0300058705PBK
Habakkuk, H John (1994) Marriage, Debt and the Estate System: English landownership, 1650-1950
Oxford University Press 0198203985
Howell, David W. (1986.) Patriarchs and parasites : the gentry of South-West Wales in the Eighteenth century /David W. Howell.
University of Wales Press 0708309291
Humphreys, Melvin (1996) The Crisis of Community: Montgomeryshire,1680-1815
University of Wales Press 0708313159
Langford, Paul (1989) A Polite and Commercial People: England, 1727-1783
Oxford : Clarendon Press 0198207336REISSUED
Mingay, G. E. (1994.) Land and society in England 1750-1980 /G.E. Mingay.
Mingay, G. E. (1976.) The gentry :the rise and fall of a ruling class /G.E. Mingay.
Stone, Lawrence, Stone, Jeanne C Fawtier (1983) An Open Elite? England, 1540-1880
Oxford : Clarendon Press 0198226454
This module is at CQFW Level 4