HIST 2078 - Power, Money, Sex: Britain, 1700-1830
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code HIST 2078 Course Power, Money, Sex: Britain, 1700-1830 Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Course Description The eighteenth century in Britain witnessed the birth of many of the events and ideas associated with modernity, such as individual liberty and human rights, freedom of the press, capitalism and consumerism, and the Industrial Revolution. This course will consider the significance of such challenges to the old European order and the ramifications for both the lives of those lived through them and for historical study. It will also introduce students to the digital humanities, exploring how technology has enabled new forms of analyses of historical sources. In workshops, we will explore the world in which these challenges occurred through the lenses of power, sex and money. Through the theme of power, students will be introduced to eighteenth-century politics, the role of the state, the development of democratic ideals and the expansion of the middle-class, and growth of the `public sphere? (newspapers, coffee shops, seditious speech), crime and law and order. `Money? will focus on the transformation of the British economy with the development of modern finance and the stock market, early industrialisation, and expansion into Empire, and the rise of consumerism and shopping! Under the theme of `Sex?, we shall explore the social history of the period, looking at gender, family life, changing attitudes to sex, prostitution, and the culture of sensibility. Digital humanities resources for eighteenth-century are remarkable and can enable students to engage with primary sources on these topics and importantly analyse them in new ways, whether that is mapping using London Maps (GIS software), statistical analysis (Old Bailey), corpus analysis of texts (google books), or tracking the news as it moves across the country (Gale eighteenth-century newspapers). In the final weeks, students will put their knowledge to work, developing a digital humanities resource.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Katie BarclayKatie Barclay
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Each week there will be a lecture (1 hour), a workshop (1 hour) and a tutorial (1 hour). The lecturer will also have regular office hours, the times of which will be announced at the beginning of the course.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate a focused understanding of the history of Georgian Britain; 2 Demonstrate an awareness of how approaches from the digital humanities have shaped historical debates about Georgian Britain; 3 Use digital resources to locate, contextualise and analyse primary sources as part of independent research; 4 Use digital humanities resources and methodologies to engage with historical problems; 5 Use a range of formats to demonstrate knowledge of Georgian Britain; 6 Proficiently use contemporary technologies to interrogate primary source information and communicate findings to others; 7 Show understanding of the professional and ethical issues that arise in researching Georgian Britain; 8 Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of experiences of those who lived in Georgian Britain and its empire.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5, 6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesStudents should have access to ordinary computing facilities with a good internet connection, such as provided in the hub and other similar computing suites. No specialist software is required.
Recommended ResourcesA list of key and extended reading, detailed guides to digital humanities resources, web-links, online videos and similar will be provided through MyUni.
Online LearningPlease consult the Myuni pages for this course regularly for updates and additional resources.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course develops knowledge in two key areas: the history of Georgian Britain and how historians use digital humanities tools in historical research. It is taught in a 'flipped classroom' format where students complete a structured learning activity before class and then come to a two hour workshop where we explore what we have learned in detail.
Structured learning activities will introduce students to the key digital humanities resources and will require access to ordinary PC & Mac facilities, such as provided in central computing areas by the university. It will typically also include an online lecture and some reading.
Workshops will be large group meetings where students shall discuss and explore the historical theme for the week, as well as how digital humanities approaches can help us better understand and write history.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Workload Total Hours Structured learning activity (2 hours a week) 24 hours Workshop (2 hours a week) 24 hours Self-directed reading (5 hours a week) 60 hours Research (2 hours a week) 24 hours Assignment preparation (2 hours a week) 24 hours Total 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThis course is a survey of Georgian Britain and is designed to give a broad overview of the field whilst also giving students skills in the methods and resources for digital humanities in this area. It is divided into three thematic modules: power, money and sex. The power module will introduce students to eighteenth-century politics, the role of the state, the development of democratic ideals and the expansion of the middle-class, and growth of the ‘public sphere’ (newspapers, coffeeshops, seditious speech), crime and law and order. The money module will focus on the transformation of the British economy with the development of modern finance and the stock market, early industrialisation, and expansion into Empire, and also the rise of consumerism and shopping! Sex explores the social history of the period, looking at gender, family life, changing attitudes to sex, prostitution, and the culture of sensibility. Digital humanities resources for eighteenth-century are remarkable and can enable students to engage with primary sources on these topics and importantly analyse them in new ways, whether that is mapping using London Maps (GIS software), statistical analysis (Old Bailey), corpus analysis of texts (google books), or tracking the news as it moves across the country (Gale eighteenth-century newspapers). These resources will be integrated into the workshops, supporting their structured learning activities and demonstrating how historians use such tools to write history. In the final few weeks, students will select a resource and use it to answer a relevant research question. This task will be supported by set activities to guide students through the research process. These tasks will be the basis of class discussion in later weeks.
Specific Course RequirementsNot Applicable.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceResearch is at the heart of the small group discovery and the research activity that acts as the key assessment task for this course will provide students this opportunity. These activities shall be guided through set task and instruction by the course coordinator and consolidated in weeks 10 and 11.
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ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S) Digital humanities methods Formative and summative 20% 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Historiographical essay Summative 35% 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 Research project Summative 45% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailDigital humanities methods will be a short assignment (equivalent of 1,000 words) designed to assess knowledge of the basic principles and methods involved in the digital humanities. This is not a technical assignment (how to use x), but is designed to demonstrate knowledge of the larger conceptual and methodological issues involved in this type of research.
Historiographical essay. This is a traditional historiographical essay designed to assess knowledge of the history of Georgian Britain. Students can answer from a set of pre-existing questions or design their own (2000 words).
Research project. This key assessment will require students to develop a research question that can be answered by one of the digital humanities resources they have been introduced to, and then use that resource to answer it. For example, a research question about women’s involvement in crime in eighteenth century Britain could use the Old Bailey online to analyse this issue. Students would then be expected to place their research into historiographical context and to reflect on the limitations of what their source and analysis. This will be supported by directed tasks to guide students through this process (2,500 words).
SubmissionSubmission is through Turnitin on MyUni.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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