Module Details

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Title FLASHPOINTS AND WATERSHEDS IN TWENTIETH CENTURY HISTORY 2
Code HIST512
Coordinator Dr M Wilks-Heeg
History
M.Wilks-Heeg@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 30

Aims

The module aims to encourage students to familiarise themselves with what happened during roughly the second half of the hundred years of the twentieth century and consider the extent to which the century can be seen as a discrete period or series of periods, and, if so, how that period (or those periods) might be characterised; The module invites students to familiarise themselves with some of the concepts that have been developed by historians and social scientists to understand it. Was it, for example, the century of the battle of ideologies of Left and Right as Hobsbawm argues, or was democracy, as Mazower suggests, altogether more fragile and rarely achieved throughout its course?


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students who take this module should develop: a good knowledge of the principal developments (political, economic and social) in roughly the second half of the twentieth century history.

(LO2) Students will be familiar with the major debates in the relevant historiography.

(LO3) Students will gain the ability to work with primary sources.

(LO4) Students will gain the ability to write detailed essays showing evidence of a deep understanding of the subject matter appropriate to study at the Masters level.

(S1) Improving learning performance

(S2) Team-working, respect for others reasoned views, flexibility and adaptability

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include: Flashpoints II, Cluster 3, Sessions 12-16: Revolutions:   Russian Revolution of 1917;   The Chinese Revolution;   1968;   US Civil Rights movement;   1989.   Flashpoints II, Cluster 4, Sessions 17-22: From World War to New World Order:   The Origins of the Cold War;   Life in the Eastern Bloc;   Iran Revolution;   The End of the Cold War;   Searching for New World Order: National Interests and Human Rights;   The Globalised Economy.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Seminar
Description: This module is taught via dedicated seminars, which begin with a detailed student presentation. All members of the seminar are required to read in advance in order to facilitate general discussion. The discussion will revolve around set question(s) circulated in advance (in the module outline). These focus both on the specificity of the events under consideration, for example the role of individuals such as Lenin in revolutionary moments, and on the significance of those events for the century as a whole.
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description: Detailed feedback is provided by the module tutors on both written work and the oral presentation.
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   24

2

      26
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 274
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Response Essay. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3000 words    35       
Research Essay. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -5000 words    65       

Recommended Texts

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