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The Modern World


Thursday 06 October 2022 - Thursday 23 March 2023, 6pm-7.30pm

22 sessions - Check class timetable


This short course, The Modern World, provides you with a basic knowledge of the history of Britain, Europe and the world in the long nineteenth century.

Lectures are followed by classes where we focus on a key text related to the subject.

We plan to cover the Age of Revolution and then the Age of Empire in the following content:

The Age of Revolution (1776 to 1848)

  • Introduction: the birth of the modern world
  • The crisis of the ancien régime
  • Revolutions and popular politics
  • Global war and restoration
  • Agrarian and industrial revolutions
  • Slavery and serfdom
  • The making of the working class?
  • Peoples and parliaments
  • Worlds of faith
  • Visions of progress

The Age of Empire (1848 to 1914)

  • Introduction: expansion and crisis
  • Nations and states
  • The new imperialism
  • Resisting empires
  • Trade and globalisation
  • The modern city
  • Mass politics
  • Migration and mobility
  • Cultures of modernity
  • The origins of the First World War

This course is assessed via a 500-word summary of a scholarly article (20%), a 1000-word book review (20%), a 1500-word essay (20%) and a three-hour examination (40%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.