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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST55730: The Social and Labour History of North East England since 1870, I

Department: History

HIST55730: The Social and Labour History of North East England since 1870, I

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


  • None


  • HIST50130

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Introduction to the advanced study of modern social and labour history in a regional context.


  • The module will address selected aspects of modern social and labour history, reflecting current debate on the subject, and the particular interests of the student. For most of the period the regional economy was based on coal, and the module will explore industrial relations in the mining industry, the sociology of coal communities and coal's decline. Coal was critical in both world wars and their impact on the region will be a prominent theme in the module. Other topics covered will include the response to mass unemployment between the wars, measures to deal with the region's apalling housing problems, attempts to regenerate the region through industrial diversification and schemes of training and migration, and an investigation of the cultural life of the region concentrating on projects to define 'the north'.

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