Please note that this module was available
until 2011, but has since been
withdrawn and is no longer available.
Tutor: Dr Sarah Richardson
The module is an undergraduate final-year Advanced Option. Advanced Options involve the study of broad-ranging themes in a comparative and/or interdisciplinary context, and you can expect them to operate at a rather more sophisticated conceptual level than first or second-year modules.
This module focuses on nineteenth century urban history and complements modules in the area of nineteenth century British and European history. During the reign of Queen Victoria Britain became more extensively urbanised than ever before. Fundamental changes took place in the relationship between the city and society. This module considers the debates about the effect of rapid urbanisation on different institutions, groups and individuals. An extensive range of primary sources will be used to assess the problems and opportunities created by the new cities and field trips will be undertaken to study Victorian cities on the ground. In the second term there will be the opportunity for students to select their own topics of interest.