• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

A series of major transformations took place in Britain between the end of the seventeenth century and the middle of the nineteenth century.  This period saw the rise of a global empire, the beginning of an industrial revolution and the emergence of new forms of politics, culture and social life.  This course examines a process by which many British people came to believe, during this era, that they were living in a fundamentally new kind of society and it investigates a range of responses to that belief.

The course helps participants to develop a critical and historical perspective on major contemporary issues: from globalization and market relations, to models of social development, principles of politics and theories of the modern state.  It will encourage debate about the origins and character of early 'modernity' in Britain and its relationship to broader patterns of social change.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students completing this unit will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to the social, economic, cultural and political history of Britain and its emergence as a world power.
  2. Critically analyse and apply important concepts in the study of change in modern societies.
  3. Evaluate and debate contemporary scholarship on British history.
  4. Make critical use of period sources as a way of gaining information about the past.
  5. Construct sustained evidence-based arguments addressing key issues in British history

Indicative Assessment

1st essay of 1,500 words (35%) [assesses LOs 1,2,3,4,5]

2nd essay of 3,000 words (55%) [assesses LOs 1,2,3,4,5]

Oral and/or written contribution to class activities (10%) [assesses LOs 1,2,3,4]

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One lecture (1.5 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour) per week for thirteen weeks.

Students are expected to spend 7.5 hours per week in private study.

Lectures will be recorded.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6221.

Preliminary Reading

P. Langford, A Polite and Commercial People: England 1727-1783, (Oxford University, 1989 (new edition 1998)).




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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