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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST54030: Business and Labour History in the United States Since 1800, II

Department: History

HIST54030: Business and Labour History in the United States Since 1800, II

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • HIST53930


  • HIST50130

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Further study of business and labour history in the United States since 1800 at an advanced level, extending work undertaken in Business and Labour History in the United States Since 1800, I, and normally leading to a dissertation in the field.


  • The module will address selected aspects of business and labor history in the United States since 1800, reflecting current debate on the subject, and the particular interests of the student. Major topics which might be included are the historical development of entrepreneurial and managerial capitalist firms; the internal structures and operations of businesses; innovation; marketing; public relations and government-business relations; the development and particular nature of the American industrial 'working class'; the impact of immigration and internal migration on its composition and structure; the problems of building secure working-class institutions, and developing their political voice, in a liberal capitalist society. Because of the particular strengths of the University Library in primary sources, it is anticipated that students would concentrate on the period c. 1880-1920.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

        Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

        • Objectives are to be met through a programme of intensive directed reading, regular discussion of issues arising from the reading, and the production of an extensive piece of writing on an agreed subject.

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 5 fortnightly 1.5 7.5
        Other: Unscheduled meetings as requested by the student. Variable Variable Variable 2.5
        Preparation & Reading 290
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 5000 words 100%

        Formative Assessment:

        Discussion of work in progress.

        Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University