Victorian Britain: Politics, Society and Culture - HIST4160

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module examines the principal themes of the political, social and cultural history of Britain during the Victorian era (c. 1830 –1900). This period saw the building of one of the world's greatest empires, the transformation of Britain from a rural society into the world’s first and leading industrial nation, and the development of a modern state and new forms of democratic participation.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 18
Private study hours: 132
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Autumn term
• Blog Post 1,000 words 40%
• Essay 2,000 words 40%
• Seminar Participation 20%

Spring Term
• Blog Post 500 words 20%
• Essay 1,500 words 20%
• Seminar Participation 10%
• Exam 50%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate a familiarity to the main political and socio-cultural developments in the history of modern Britain between c. 1830 and 1900; and the skills needed to understand evaluate, contextualise and communicate effectively their knowledge of history
2 Demonstrate intellectual interests in modern British history and their skills in researching historical subjects and in communicating their knowledge and ideas, using a variety of methods.
3 Understand the disciplines of political, social and cultural history.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of modern British history in its international/European context, which should help to equip them to live and work in Continental Europe.
2. Consider critically relevant intellectual concepts as well as differences of opinion and interpretation both in the past and among historians, and they will also be encouraged to develop their ability to identify and solve problems
3. Utilise problem solving skills, and the ability to work both independently and within groups. Students will engage in independent work, using library resources, and will practise and improve their skills in time management, historical research, organisation and analysis of material, presentations and essay-writing.
4. Communicate complex concepts effectively, using a variety of methods.
5. Demonstrate communication skills and skills in IT


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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