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London 1500-1900: introducing the course

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Alan Hertz

on 6 October 2013

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London 1500-1900: introducing the course
Between 1500 and 1900, London was transformed from a backwater on the periphery of Europe into the biggest and richest city in history, the first modern metropolis, the heart of the most extensive empire the world has ever seen, and a pioneer of modern business practice. The story of this change is interesting in itself; it also allows us to address some important issues....

Some important issues
• The relationship between geography and history
• The relationship between traditional political power and economic and cultural change
• The development of modern financial institutions and corporate structures
• The long history of globalization
• The long history of the creative industries
• The rise of bourgeois culture and mass consumption
• The transformation of retailing and marketing

Course objectives
• To introduce concepts, approaches, and subdisciplines of history
• To introduce the different fields of business activity and the different social contexts which shape them.
• To strengthen skills in academic writing, research, and argument
• To enrich students’ understanding and appreciation of London

Our weekly routine
On Mondays, all sections will meet together in Birkbeck’s Malet Street Building for an informal lecture. On Fridays, each section will meet separately for a guided walk or visit. These sessions will begin at different locations each week.

You will also have to make some visits outside of class time.

You will be assessed in three ways.
Weekly contributions to discussions on our MyCourses pages. 20% of the course grade
Sets of short-answer questions, submitted through our myCourses page, after each of our four units of assigned reading. 40% [10% each]
A two-part formal final exam. 40% [20% each]
Late or plagiarized work will not count.

Reading assignments
Our main text is Jeremy Black, London: a history, Carnegie, 2009. You must buy this book. It will give a general overview of the subject. You will have to read one chapter in each of our four reading assignments.

Each set of readings will include material from other books – this will be available on our myCourses page. Each set will be roughly 200 pages in total.

Special policies
You must come to class, wherever we are meeting, on time. Late is absent! You must not leave in the middle.
When we go out, you must come prepared and keep up with the group. You must be able to take notes.
You must only use electronic equipment for classwork, and you must not conduct private conversations in class.
You must always treat your classmates and teachers with courtesy and generosity.

If you break these rules, your grade will suffer; if you break them persistently, you will be withdrawn from the course.

To find out more . . .
Read the course outline and the guide to assessed work on our myCourses page.

And if you're not sure about any aspect of the course, . . . please, please ask for help!!
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