Module Details

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Title WAR AND THE PEOPLE: SOCIETY AND CULTURE IN SECOND WORLD WAR BRITAIN
Code HIST392
Coordinator Dr S Caslin
History
Samantha.Caslin@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To introduce students to the social and cultural history of Britain in World War Two;

To be able to interrogate a wide variety of source types in ways thatare empirically grounded as well as being informed by theoretical debates;

To be able to critically reflect upon different historians’ arguments and approaches to the study of British society and culture during this conflict.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

(LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

(LO3) By considering the social and cultural history of this period, students will be able to critically analyse unity and difference in people’s experiences of the Second World War.

(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


Syllabus

 

The module will be taught through eleven, one hour lectures and eight hours of seminars. The seminars will be delivered as four, two hour sessions. The lectures will focus on key themes in the social and cultural history of the Second World War, such as propaganda, moral concerns about American GIs in Britain, racial tensions, women and the war, and rationing and class difference. As part of their seminars, students will be expected to bring sources in for discussion with the rest of the group. The seminars will focus on methodological issues and students will learn how to locate and use a wide range of different types of primary sources.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture:
The lectures introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates and provide the context for the in-depth discussions of key texts in the seminars.

Seminar:
Seminars will focus on detailed discussions of case studies, historical evidence and questions derived from readings in primary sources, and will also encourage the development of close reading skills and the use of on-line sources. In addition, the final seminar acts as a feedback/ feed-forward session for the first and second assignments.


Teaching Schedule

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

8

        19
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 131
TOTAL HOURS 150

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
Document exercise There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1000 words    35       
Final Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2000 words    65       

Recommended Texts

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