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MO3331   The Victorians: Religion and Respectability

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

The Victorians often get a bad press, seen as pious, prudish do-gooders. Yet Britain in the nineteenth century had a powerful industrial economy, an expanding global influence and a vibrant culture of art, literature and leisure. This module focuses on the people who made Britain modern, and aims to look behind the stereotype of the Victorians. It uses the themes of religion and respectability to investigate the ideals and realities of middle-class life, including business and leisure, attitudes to gender and children, consumerism and the domestic interior. It also considers threats to these ideals, from the lifestyle of the industrial working classes, and from the advance of secularisation.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

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

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

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


Module coordinator: Prof A K Fyfe
Module teaching staff: Prof A K Fyfe