SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1V324401
Module Leader Ben Shepherd
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject History
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces students to thematic developments that led to the rise of Western societies, to include Europe, Britain and the United States. While the content is chronological, it is also thematic so that some comparisons can be drawn between the experiences of key western countries. Specific themes include: revolutions; industrialization and urbanization; migration; expansion; the role of women; and political unrest. Summary of how PRME related issues/topics are covered in this module: students will be encouraged to develop a complex understanding of the human and environmental costs of unregulated capitalism in different western countries during the long nineteenth century


There will be 5 thematic blocks, incorporating specific, national case studies -360b7 From agrarian to industrial societies b7 Making democracies b7 Creating Empires b7 The development of welfare states b7 Women in changing societies

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:" Understand the complex nature of historical controversy and historical practice" Realise the importance of accurate historical information as a basis for understanding and explaining change through time" Display a critical awareness of the past as 'a foreign country'" Encourage sensitivity towards the varieties of historical experience across a variety of cultures and nations

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module features structured weekly contact to provide assistance in the development of both subject-specific and general skills. Weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars provide assistance in developing both content and subject specific skills. Students will be assigned a programme of directed reading, supported by a range of illustrative and primary source material in seminars. The fortnightly seminars are intended for closer, critical engagement in particular issues raised in the lectures and guided reading and will provide time for discussion and debate. The critical use of online materials will also be encouraged. Blended learning via GCULearn provides a vital part of the GSBS learning and teaching strategy. Not only will this module be GCULearn-enabled, it will make use of the wide variety of online learning tools. Academic staff will work with the Learning Technologists to continually develop the module, ensure effective student support and information sharing. Student feedback is both formative and summative and delivered through a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is normally provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: J. Merriman, A History of Modern Europe Vol. 2: From the French Revolution to the Present (3rd edn. WW Norton, -567 2009). C. Emmerson, 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War, London, 2014 P. Hayes, Themes in Modern European History, 1890-1945 , London, 1992 Bailey, C.A., The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connectons and Comparisons (London, 2004) Black, J. and MacRaild, D. M., (eds) Nineteenth Century Britain, (Basingstoke, 2003). Brown, C. and Fraser, H., Britain Since 1707 (London, 2010) Evans, E. J., The Forging of the Modern State, 1783-1870, (London, 2002). -567 Floud, R., The People and the Britsh Economy, 1830-1914 (Oxford, 1997). M. Klein, The Genesis of Industrial America, 1870-1920 (2007) -567 The American Yawp <> Jonathan Rees. Industrialization and the Transformation of American Life: A Brief Introduction , 2013 W. Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (2007) J Roy Jeffrey, Frontier Women -567 Online sources <> (Internet General American History text) <> (Irish History: General Materials) (American Memory- primary texts)

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Note taking Library and information retrieval skills Making oral and written presentations Time management Essay writing Basic primary source evaluation and analysis Group work

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 60.00 35% Presentation/handout/ 1500 word writeup
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 40.00 35% 2 question, 2 hour exam