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HIST1189 Content and discontent: Culture and British society, 1815-1914

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The multifaceted ways – through the lenses of race, class, gender and so on – that people constructed identities
  • Historical debates about the ways in which people engage with culture
  • Sources that can be used in developing ideas or arguments about identity and sense of place in the world


This module will explore British culture(s) at a time of massive transformation. We often associate ‘culture’ with forms of relaxation and entertainment. But culture is, and was, about far more than that. It performed different functions and constructed different kinds of meanings. It could transgress, or reaffirm, social boundaries: challenge political convention, or work against social change. Looking at a variety of sources, from fiction to media to theatre, and at markers of identity including empire, nation, race, gender, and class, this module will look at how nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britons understood both the world around them and themselves.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study276
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Timed Assignment 50%
Written assignment 50%
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