- Department: History
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sam Wetherell
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
The new industrial metropolises that emerged in Britain in a shockingly short space of time in the nineteenth century posed a new type of problem: how to build cities that would contain the massive inequalities between their residents. This course looks at the development of British cities both at home and in the Empire from the origins of mass urbanisation during the industrial revolution to the financialized and globalised cities of the twenty-first century. Throughout, we will be looking at how these cities have dealt with inequalities of class, race and gender that were sometimes addressed, but more often justified, policed and contained. Along the way we look at themes such as public health and liberal reform, suburbanisation, top-down urban planning both at home and in the Empire, the rise and fall of council housing, migration, the gendered design of cities and houses, gentrification and policing.
As well as telling the history of the British city, this class will serve as an introduction to some of the core themes of urban history and the methodological challenges faced by historians working on the built environment. We will look at the key role played by planners, architects, local politicians, intellectuals and artists in shaping the urban world in which we live. We will also see how cities have become sites of resistance, ranging from full scale rebellions such as the black uprisings in London and Liverpool in 1981 to more subtle transgressions.
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The aims of this module are:
Students who complete this module successfully will:
Students will attend a 1-hour briefing in week 1. Students will then attend a 1-hour plenary/lecture and a 2-hour seminar in weeks 2-4, 6-8 and 10-11 of semester 1. Weeks 5 & 9 are Reading and Writing Weeks (RAW) during which there are no seminars. Students prepare for and participate in eight 1-hour plenaries/lectures and eight 2-hour seminars in all.
Seminar topics are subject to variation, but are likely to include the following:
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For formative assessment, students will complete a referenced 1200 to 1500-word essay relating to the themes and issues of the module. This will be submitted in either the Week 5 or Week 9 RAW week (on the day of the weekly seminar).
For summative assessment, students will complete an Assessed Essay (2000 words, footnoted). This will comprise 100% of the overall module mark.
Summative assessments will be due in the assessment period.
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Following their formative assessment task, students will typically receive written feedback that will include comments and a mark within 10 working days of submission.
Work will be returned to students in their seminars and may be supplemented by the tutor giving some oral feedback to the whole group. All students are encouraged, if they wish, to discuss the feedback on their formative work during their tutor’s student hours. For more information, see the Statement on Feedback.
For the summative assessment task, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 25 working days of the submission deadline. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement of Assessment.
For term time reading, please refer to the module VLE site. Before the course starts, we encourage you to look at the following items of preliminary reading: