University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

HIST 2078 - Power, Money, Sex: Britain, 1700-1830

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Assessment: Digital humanities methods 20%, Historiographical essay 35%, Research project 45%

The eighteenth century in Britain witnessed the birth of many of the events and ideas associated with modernity, such as individual liberty and human rights, freedom of the press, capitalism and consumerism, and the Industrial Revolution. This course will consider the significance of such challenges to the old European order and the ramifications for both the lives of those lived through them and for historical study. It will also introduce students to the digital humanities, exploring how technology has enabled new forms of analyses of historical sources. In workshops, we will explore the world in which these challenges occurred through the lenses of power, sex and money. Through the theme of power, students will be introduced to eighteenth-century politics, the role of the state, the development of democratic ideals and the expansion of the middle-class, and growth of the ‘public sphere’ (newspapers, coffee shops, seditious speech), crime and law and order. ‘Money’ will focus on the transformation of the British economy with the development of modern finance and the stock market, early industrialisation, and expansion into Empire, and the rise of consumerism and shopping! Under the theme of ‘Sex’, we shall explore the social history of the period, looking at gender, family life, changing attitudes to sex, prostitution, and the culture of sensibility. Digital humanities resources for eighteenth-century are remarkable and can enable students to engage with primary sources on these topics and importantly analyse them in new ways, whether that is mapping using London Maps (GIS software), statistical analysis (Old Bailey), corpus analysis of texts (google books), or tracking the news as it moves across the country (Gale eighteenth-century newspapers). In the final weeks, students will put their knowledge to work, developing a digital humanities resource.

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Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21728 WR01 90 8 31 Jul - 18 Sep Wednesday 3pm - 5pm Ingkarni Wardli, B18, Teaching Room
9 Oct - 30 Oct Wednesday 3pm - 5pm Ingkarni Wardli, B18, Teaching Room