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HIST6132 Themes in the Long Eighteenth Century

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 conceptualisation of a ‘long’ eighteenth century
  • Britain’s place in the world and how this was changing
  • A range of primary source material for exploring social and political histories.


The long eighteenth century ‘defies easy characterisation’ (F. O’Gorman) but is a fascinating period to explore Britain’s place in the world. In this module you will consider British social and political history between the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the early nineteenth century within the context of Empire building. You will examine broad themes such as ‘travel and trade’, ‘social hierarchies’, ‘Enlightenment and faith’, ‘Public and private’ through the close examination of a range of primary sources and associated secondary literature.

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 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 Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 100%
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