SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1V325838
Module Leader Ben Shepherd
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject History
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces students to thematic developments that led to the rise of Western societies, predominantly Britain and the United States, but also with reference to Europe. 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: From agrarian to industrial societies Making democracies Creating empires The development of welfare states Women in changing societies -360

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1 Understand the complex nature of historical controversy and historical practice2 Realise the importance of accurate historical information as a basis for understanding and explaining change through time3 Display a critical awareness of the past as 'a foreign country'4 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. Twice-weekly lectures and weekly 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 weekly seminars are intended for closer, critical engagement with particular issues raised in the lectures and guided reading, and will provide time for discussion and debate. The critical use of historical source materials and 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 also make use of the wide variety of online learning tools. Academic staff will work with the Learning Technologists to continually develop the module, ensuring 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

Books and articles: C.A. Bailey, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons (London, 2004) J. Black, and D. MacRaild, eds., Nineteenth Century Britain (Basingstoke, 2003) C. Brown and H. Fraser, Britain Since 1707 (London, 2010) C. Emmerson, 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War (London, 2014) E. J. Evans, The Forging of the Modern State, 1783-1870 (London, 2002) R. Floud, The People and the British Economy, 1830-1914 (Oxford, 1997) P. Hayes, Themes in Modern European History, 1890-1945 (London, 1992) W. Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (New York, 2007) J. Roy Jeffrey, Frontier Women (New York, 1979) M. Klein, The Genesis of Industrial America, 1870-1920 (2007) J. Merriman, A History of Modern Europe Vol. 2: From the French Revolution to the Present (3rd edn. London, 2009) J. Rees, Industrialization and the Transformation of American Life: A Brief Introduction (Oxford, 2013) The American Yawp <> Online sources: <> (Internet General American History text) <> (Irish History: General Materials) (American Memory- primary texts) -567

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 Online learning Making oral and written presentations Time management Essay writing Basic primary source evaluation and analysis Group work

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 35% 1200 - 1500 word combined essay and primary source analysis
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 35% 10 minute group podcast