Resistance and Revolutions - LANG4004

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Larry Duffy checkmark-circle


This module provides students with a history of several countries – and of increasingly globalising contexts – through the prism of two specific and frequently related social and political processes: Resistance and Revolution. From political revolutions, industrial revolutions and cultural revolutions to digital revolutions, critical analysis of each case study in the module interrogates the (often violent) formation of states, the origins of modernity, and the understandings and limits of freedom and power, while at the same time surveying resistance to the prevailing political and economic order in both pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary contexts. In tracing the histories of revolution and resistance in several settings, students gain a solid understanding of their local and transnational impact and legacy in the modern era heralded by the French Revolution of 1789


Contact hours

Private Study: 130
Contact Hours: 20
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Written assignment (1,000 word equivalent) 35%
Essay (2,000 words) 65%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework (2,000-word essay)

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

Indicative reading list

Berman, Marshall (2010) All That is Solid Melts into Air. The Experience of Modernity. London: Verso.
Corradi, Juan (1992) Fear at the Edge. State Terror and Resistance in Latin America. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Evans, Richard J. (2004). The Coming of the Third Reich. How the Nazis Destroyed Democracy and Seized Power in Germany. London: Penguin.
Hobsbawm, Eric (1988). The Age of Revolution. Europe 1789-1848. London: Abacus, 1988.
Özkirimli, Umut (2017) Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction. London: Red Globe Press.
Schama, Simon. (2004) Citizens. A Chronicle of the French Revolution. London: Penguin.

Learning outcomes

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

1 Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of theoretical approaches to revolution and resistance in varied national and regional settings drawn from Modern Languages, cultural studies and political/philosophical thought.
2 Apply these approaches in analysis of textual and visual materials relating to a broad range of national, regional and global cultural contexts.
3 Demonstrate inter-cultural awareness
4 Demonstrate understanding of how ideas and theories of resistance and revolution are communicated across geographic, linguistic, cultural and digital divides
5 Demonstrate awareness of the broader historical, geo-political, economic and cultural relations between revolutionary movements and societies shaping the modern world.

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

1 Analyse primary materials as appropriate, using up-to-date theoretical frameworks and relating works to the relevant socio-historical context
2 Use a range of established techniques to carry out independent analysis and research on cultural products and present their findings
3 Demonstrate critical thinking skills
4 Undertake independent research in the library, using appropriate academic databases online
5 Synthesise and evaluate information from a number of sources, deploying key techniques from the discipline.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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