HIST2011 From 'Glorious Revolution' to Industrial Revolution: Making Britain, 1688–1888

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit charts Britain's transformation from the 'Glorious Revolution' to the Industrial Revolution. It examines the key developments that shaped Britain from political reform and constitutional union in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries to industrial powerhouse in the nineteenth century. Throughout, special attention is given to the social consequences of economic expansion and how people experienced these. Students critically assess a wide range of primary and secondary sources in order to uncover the creation of Britain as a political entity and to assess how far, and why, she was altered by massive economic and demographic change. They explore the origins of political union between Scotland and England; the extent to which a common British identity emerged in the eighteenth century; developments in leisure, sport and coffee-house culture; sex and the Victorians; masculinity and gender ideals; Victorian values; the British Empire; the struggle for political reform; and the challenge to British industrial supremacy in the late nineteenth century.

The unit has three main aims—firstly, to examine how far, and in what ways, people's day-to-day lives and identities changed; secondly, to analyse the reasons behind Britain's transformation; and thirdly, to examine the economic, social and political consequences of economic take-off.
Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic historiographical issues characteristic of the discipline of History; (2) identify and evaluate the historiographical approaches appropriate for the study of British history; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of economic, social and political change in Britain between 1688 and 1888; (4) locate appropriate sources for research essays; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshop participation; (2) major research essay; and (3) reflective essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor David Barrie
Unit rules
a Level 1 History unit
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Contact hours
3 hours per week
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