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MO3346   Politics, Culture and Society in the French Revolution (1789-1815)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

The tumultuous events of the French revolution marked a decisive moment in the history of modern France, causing a radical restructuring of society, politics and culture. The Revolution brought about the downfall of the monarchy, the aristocracy and religious institutions. It also had significant and far-reaching social and cultural effects, transforming gender roles and familial relations, and inaugurating radical transitions in France's cultural, scientific and intellectual life. This course studies the political and cultural impact of the Revolution in France and its colonies between 1789 and 1815. We begin by discussing the major events of 1789-93 and the transformations in the social hierarchy, religion and monarchy, gender relations, and even of the concept of time itself. We then examine the global spread of revolutionary ideals and how these were transmuted in the face of political violence under Robespierre and military expansion under Napoleon.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MO3221

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

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

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

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: Dr S Easterby-Smith