HIST313 Liberty and Democracy in the British World, 1780-1860

Updated: 16 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ANCH or CRIM or HIST or HINQ or RELS or SOCY or any 24cp or candidature in postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST218 or HIST318
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Matthew Allen (mallen28@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Between 1780 and 1860 Britain became the first industrial nation, at the centre of an unrivalled empire. The British largely attributed this success to their traditions of parliamentary democracy, the rule of law, and the liberties these institutions protected. But in fact, liberty and democracy were fragile and contested, and political rights were restricted to respectable, healthy, white, adult men. British prosperity and stability were predicated upon ruthless exploitation, and threatened by radicalism, protest, rebellion and resistance. This unit will explore this political paradox both in Britain and the wider British world, leading students to a more critical understanding of liberty and democracy in their historical context.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. display a knowledge of some significant issues in British political history;
  2. exhibit an understanding of political ideas in an historically different context;
  3. demonstrate skills in, and an understanding of, historical methodology;
  4. demonstrate their capacity to locate and use appropriate sources of information and analysis; and
  5. write structured prose and frame arguments in the accepted manner of the discipline.