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HIST3260 ‘Great’ Britain? Rethinking Victorian society (Part 2)

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:

  • How class, race and gender shaped Victorian society
  • The interrelationship between Britain and empire in the Victorian period
  • The development and impact of the Great Exhibition


This module will explore the social history of Victorian Britain. The emphasis will be placed on interactions in metropolitan Britain, but we will consider how ‘nation’ and ‘empire’ were neither separate nor distinct entities but were instead mutually constitutive and completely interconnected. In part 1, we will interrogate how Britain was reconfigured and reimagined in the Victorian period, shaped by gender, race and class. In part 2 we will use ‘The Great Exhibition’, an international exhibition of art and industry held in London in 1851, as a lens through which to understand and illuminate these broader themes.

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 Study252
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Timed Assignment 50%
Written assignment 50%
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