HIS20670 The French Revolution

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will begin by examining the intellectual, cultural, social and political origins of the revolution. The core of the module will be a narrative of the revolution from 1789 to the fall of Robespierre and the end of the Terror. In the course of the narrative, the revolution's varied contributions to the development of modern political culture will be discussed, from liberalism through revolutionary war and nationalism to political violence and the Utopian reign of Virtue. Seminars will be constructed around readings of contemporary documents and secondary literature.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students will have familiarised themselves with the personalities and events of perhaps the most seminal periods in modern history and will be able to navigate the controversies it has spawned. They will have acquired a foundation on which to base their further study of modern Europe in particular. Finally, students will have practised analysing and discussing primary documents.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module combines large-group and small-group teaching, through a weekly lecture and seminar. The lectures provide an introduction to the topic. Autonomous learning is fostered through assigned weekly readings. The seminars encourage active learning and critical reflection through a combination of class discussion and group work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Research paper Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Seminar attendance and participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Document analysis Week 8 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on the midterm document analysis is given in writing on the returned hard-copy. Feedback on the end-of-semester essay is given by appointment in one-to-one meetings.