Module Details

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Code HIST248
Coordinator Dr RC Clark
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15


To survey the history of modern East-Central Europe;

To engage with specific historiographical debates grounded in one geographical region;

To explore how power functions within various regime types.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

(LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

(LO3) An understanding of the relationship between identities, political mobilization, and social change.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression



The lecture programme (eleven, one-hour lectures) covers topics such as:

The nature of Enlightened absolutism;

The ideologies behind the 1848 revolutions;

The rise of nationalism;

The collapse of interwar democracies;

The modalities of power under state socialism.

The seminar programme (five, two-hour seminars) focuses on detailed group analysis of key texts relevant to the sections of the module we have been studying. Parts of each seminar discussion will be led by individual students who will be assessed on how they present and lead discussions around the set material.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture.
Description: Eleven one-hour lectures. The lectures provide a framework for the module, introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates, and provide the context for the in-depth discussions in the seminars.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: One hour, whole-class lectures in all weeks except Tutorial Week.

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar.
Description: Five two hour seminars. These focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module, and hear and discuss assessed presentations by the students.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Maximum 15 students per group.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 129


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Presentation There is a resit opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply  5 minutes    15       
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1250 words    42       
Coursework Standard UoL penalties will apply There will be a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously  -1250 words    42       

Recommended Texts

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