Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code HIST521
Coordinator Dr WJ Ashworth
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 30


This is one of the required modules and is designed to introduce students to the range and diversity of the programme's expertise and perspectives on '18th century worlds'. The Global 18th century embraces the diverse cultures and perspectives of the long 18th century (1660-1832). In individual sessions (taught by subject specialists), the student will be encouraged to consider the range of theoretical and methodological approaches which they could adopt in approaching their individual research and in their development of optional modules during the programme. This module aims to deliver an interdisciplinary approach to the subject and emphasises the different approaches that might otherwise be isolated in subject disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A systematic knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of key themes and approaches in the study of eighteenth-century worlds

(LO2) An ability to engage with current historiographical and theoretical debates appropriate to MA level in an informed, analytical and critical manner

(LO3) An ability to interpret and evaluate a diverse range of primary source material critically and empathetically, while addressing questions of content, genre, authorship, and audience

(LO4) The acquisition of practical academic skills, demonstrated through task-based activities including compiling a bibliography, writing and discussing essays, adopting correct citation practice, leading workshops and giving oral presentations

(LO5) The acquisition of research-related skills such as literature searches, formulating and evaluating research questions and strategies, the ability to gather, select and organize large quantities of evidence and the critical reading of texts

(LO6) An ability to develop arguments that systematically and creatively organize, synthesize and present clearly large bodies of historical and literary material in written and oral form

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

(S2) Good time-keeping and readiness to accept responsibility

(S3) Team-working, respect for others reasoned views, flexibility and adaptability

(S4) Gathering, analysing and organising information

(S5) Digital research skills

(S6) Problem solving, exchanging information and decision-making skills

(S7) Listening, questioning and creative thinking

(S8) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression

(S9) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression

(S10) Application of information technology

(S11) Positive attitude, appropriate assertiveness, initiative and self-direction

(S12) Planning and organisational skills

(S13) Understanding, intellectual integrity and being sensitive to different cultures

(S14) Empathy and imaginative insight



Topics covered may include:

Historical approaches I: Critical methodologies in social and political history;

Historical approaches II: Intellectual history connections - tax, trade and the Atlantic: (field trip: International Slavery Museum, Maritime Museum, Tax Museum);

CLAS I: Postcolonial and Feminist approaches to the eighteenth century;

CLAS II: Cross-cultural perspectives on eighteenth century text;

English I: Introduction to literary texts and analysis;

English II: The book and the eighteenth century;

ACE I: Shaping the remembrance of Greece and Rome: The Ince Blundell Collection (field trip);

ACE II: Approaches to Greece and Rome? Death, memory and landscape;

ACE III: The Neoclassical impact on Liverpool (field trip).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1 - seminar.
The module will be taught via two-hour seminars and strategies employed will include presentations by teaching staff and students, group discussions and small group work. The module will also include field visits to local museums and in the city at large.

Teaching Schedule

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

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 276


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Seminar write-up. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2000 words    25       
Portfolio. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3000 words    30       
Essay. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This will be marked anonymously.  -4000 words    45       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.