Module Details

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Code GOHI008
Coordinator Dr CG Jones
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 3 FHEQ Second Semester 10


To progress skills in critical thinking, academic research and writing;

To consolidate understanding of historiography;

To develop confidence in constructing an argument and presenting it clearly in debates and academic discussion;

To introduce key issues in Victorian and Edwardian social history including faith, gender, sex, race, class and evolution;

To progress library skills through the use of research journals, monographs and primary sources.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Debate the importance of ideas of masculinity, femininity, sexuality, evolution, faith, class and poverty to understanding Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

(LO2) Reflect critically upon the key historiographical debates.

(LO3) Contextualise and evaluate contemporary literary works as sources for history.

(LO4) Communicate basic historical ideas and argument with confidence, both orally in class and in writing.

(LO5) Demonstrate foundation skills in locating and using secondary and primary source material.

(LO6) Describe in broad terms the processes of social and cultural change in Britain 1850 – 1914.

(LO7) Produce an essay which is structured and referenced appropriately

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Critical thinking, logic and reasoning

(S3) Academic Writing

(S4) IT skills

(S5) Appropriate use of suitable resources

(S6) Evaluation of sources and materials



A typical outline of this module is:

Introduction to the module: Britain in 1850 and in 1913; historiography;

Separate spheres? This session introduces the methodologies of gender history as we explore ideas of masculinity and femininity and seek to understand how these were reflected in marriage, ownership of property, medicine and the law;

Other Worlds: We shall investigate the Victorian fascination with spiritualism, the paranormal and all things occult. What can this tell us about society and gender in the nineteenth century?

Apes or angels? We shall look at the social impact of Darwin’s theory of evolution – a theory which altered the very way that Victorians understood themselves and their world;

Social Darwinism and Eugenics: As urban poverty and fears of ‘the mob’ grew, ‘science’ was seen as a possible solution to hunger, squalor, criminality and vice. We shall examine the role of social Darwinism and eu genics in providing answers to the problems of society and empire;

Review and Reflect: essay planning and writing workshop;

Sexuality and prostitution: We will examine the infamous Contagious Diseases Acts and ask how the Victorians dealt with what they saw as an overwhelming ‘scourge of vice’;

The Campaign for Women’s Rights: Queen Victoria thought women’s emancipation a ‘mad, wicked folly’; we shall examine Victorian and Edwardian campaigns for women’s access to education and the professions, and their impact on men and relations between the sexes;

Votes for Women: suffragists and suffragettes had opposing views on how the vote would be won, we will examine the debates;

Men and Masculinity in crisis? Men’s ‘privileges’ had been steadily eroded as the nineteenth century progressed; what was it to be a ‘real’ man, had men become ‘unsexed’ and what were the th reats to the race from homosexuality and the Wilde trial?

The fin de siècle: Anxieties at the turn of the century manifested in a look to other cultures, particularly to the world of the Ancient Egyptians currently being excavated. We’ll assess this reimagining of Ancient Egypt in architecture, literature and exotic consumption, not forgetting myths of the Mummy’s curse, believed by some to be implicated in the sinking of the Titanic;

Visit to the Garstang Museum. We uncovered the Edwardian reinvention of the Egyptian world in our last session; today we will visit the Garstang Museum to see the Egyptian artefacts found by Victorian/Edwardian archaeologists and to get a more realistic picture of Ancient Egypt.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Interactive lectures cover major themes
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description: Students to prepare by reading texts and completing short exercises.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - Online Discussions
Description: online podcasts and other written resources support lectures. Virtual discussion forums will be established.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff): 2

Teaching Method 4 - Field Work
Description: Guided trip to Garstang Museum
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: an opportunity to see and handle artefacts found by Victorian/Edwardian archaeologists and discuss how they contributed to the Edwardian conception of the Egyptian world.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 8




Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 86


EXAM Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
Analysis Blog There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Second Semester  1000 words    50       
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Second Semester  2000 words    50       

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