Economic & Social History 2A: Britain 1770-1914

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economic & Social History 2A: Britain 1770-1914

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Economics, History, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Short Description
    In this course we will explore the important economic and social developments that characterised industrialisation and its aftermath in Britain and Ireland from the mid-eighteenth century until the First World War. In lectures and the weekly, small-group seminars, we'll emphasise the importance of discussion, debates and interpretation of events, and encourage the growth of the skills and techniques associated with historical and social science investigation.

    Course Aims
    With a focus on England and Scotland from the late 18th century until the outbreak of World War I, the course seeks to develop both historical and transferable skills building on the analytical and conceptual experience gained in Level 1 classes. The course provides a background for understanding the main trends in British economic and social development from its rise as the first major industrial nation, to its position as a 'mature' economy in the early 20th century, faced with the growth of international competition. The course helps to develop students' confidence in the selection and analysis of information, their skills in presenting reasoned arguments backed by the use of relevant and convincing evidence, and their written skills in essays and examinations. Students will also interrogate widely-used software to give an understanding of the use of the computer as a historical tool.
    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
    By the end of the course students should be able to understand and participate in the debates on key areas of economic and social change in the UK with special reference to:
    1. The nature of the Industrial Revolution
    1. The diverse explanations for growth and fluctuations in the economy
    1. The changing nature of capital, entrepreneurship and business
    1. The place of Scotland within the UK economy
    1. The motives, scale and impact of government activity in the economy and in social welfare
    1. The nature of the workforce and the reasons for social unrest
    1. The main factors affecting the living standards of the people at different periods
    1. The changing social and economic condition of women and immigrant groups

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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