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MO3461 Britain in the 1920s and 1930s: Aspects of everyday life

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

This module explores the 'lived experience' of Britain in the 1920s and 1930s via an examination of several key aspects of everyday life. As such it provides an introduction to the historiographical re-interpretation of a period once known predominantly as 'the devil's decade'. Historical study of an 'alternative history' of interwar Britain has gained increasing importance over recent decades. It stresses a whole range of aspects of social, cultural and economic life that are more positive than traditional images of unemployment, depression and poverty suggest. The growth of suburbia and consumerism; developments in attitudes towards women, and men; and changing attitudes to sex; are just some of the topics in this 'alternative' history. Our aim is to examine how the experiences of the majority were transformed in this period, and to gain a fuller understanding of these two vital decades in British history through an examination of the minutiae of daily life.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for History, Modern History, Scottish History and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 13%
  • Coursework: 27%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J J Nott
Module teaching staff:Dr J J Nott