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MO3323   Splendid Isolation or Continental Commitment? Britain and Europe (1814 - 1914)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

British armies made a crucial contribution to winning the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War. During the century that divides these conflicts Britain emerged as a global super-power. For decades her commercial, industrial, financial, imperial and naval clout were unrivalled. And yet, throughout this period Britain's relationship with the European continent across a narrow strip of water remained curiously vacillating between an almost isolationist detachment and a serious Continental Commitment (M. Howard). This module will investigate Britain's European policy in a number of key fields as well as consider central interests and influences which shaped it. It is hoped that participants will complete the module with a gratifying feeling of having gained a better understanding of Britain's attitude towards, and role in, nineteenth-century Europe.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 267

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 4,000 - to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof F Müller