Victorian Studies MA

Course length: 1-2 years full-time, 2-3 years part-time

Overview

Newman’s MA programme in Victorian Studies fuses historical, literary and philosophical approaches to the Victorian period to provide you with a deep and holistic understanding of the Victorian era. Situated in the ‘leading Victorian city of the age’ (Asa Briggs, 1962), Newman provides the ideal setting to study the Victorians. The course will make use of the facilities of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home of one of the finest nineteenth century art collections in the UK.

What will the course cover?

Most other masters programmes in Victorian Studies tend to take a predominantly literary approach to the period, with only one or two discrete modules addressing historical or theological approaches. By contrast, Newman’s MA offers a truly interdisciplinary perspective on this fascinating period of history.

New methods of cultural and linguistic analysis in history and theology have created an academic climate in which barriers between subjects have become more porous. This course will offer modules that genuinely cross traditional curricular boundaries to truly reflect current academic scholarship and to offer an innovative approach to the subject.

Assessment

The course will be assessed through a series of coursework tasks, initially submitted online. There will be compulsory seminars at which students will be required to present their interim research, and there will be a capstone dissertation project.

Attendance

The course will run one evening per week over 12 months with 4 to 5 Saturday sessions, along with additional online activities run via Newman’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There will be a further 3 months for the completion of the dissertation. Evening classes will take place at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Saturday sessions will be taught at Newman.

Special Features

• Use of the facilities of the Birmingham and Midland Institute.

• Expert tours of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

• Fieldwork and use of the archival holdings at Newman University.

• Interdisciplinary modules taught by experts in social and political history, fine art, architecture, literature and theology.

• Online activities and assessment providing flexibility for you.

Entry requirements

Good relevant first degree (2:2 or above).

Fees

2017/18: UK/EU Students - £4,800

2017/18: International Students £10,400

The above fees are the total for the course, with the fees being divided into instalments over the first 2 years of study.

Fees may rise subject to inflation for 2018/19

For information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study click here

Year 1 modules


INTERDISCIPLINARY VICTORIAN STUDIES


MODULE TITLE : INTERDISCIPLINARY VICTORIAN STUDIES

MODULE CODE : HSM701


MODULE SUMMARY :

The module is designed to help students engage with a range of approaches to the Victorian era, from the orthodox approaches of ‘classic’ social and institutional history to more contemporary post-structuralist methodologies, through a close reading of key texts. Changing contexts, philosophies and locations will be taken into account in trying to understand the ongoing task and challenge of interpretation.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 25.00
Independent : 125.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  150.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Explore the nature of Victorian Studies as an inter-disciplinary approach to the period
  • Familiarise the student with recent debates in Victorian history, theology and literature
  • Analyse methods of interpretation (including of primary non-textual sources) and assess their relative merits and influence.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Give a critical account of the nature of Victorian society and culture
  • Critically analyse major shifts in historical, theological and literary interpretation of the Victorian era        
  • Illustrate the above with examples using critical analysis of primary texts and providing the necessary political, social and intellectual context in which they can be interpreted
  • Analyse primary sources, including artefacts, art and texts and critically contextualise these
  • Identify and differentiate between artistic, political and intellectual movements and their influences on Victorian society
  • Communicate systematically and effectively with fluency and authority via the written  and spoken word so as to engage and challenge the assumptions of an audience
  • Show advanced interpersonal skills in presentations to groups and discussions
  • Extend their own learning skills and performance through disciplined self-study and research utilizing appropriate resources, planning and time management.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 30% Seminar Presentation Analysing a Victorian Source (1500 words)

Component 2 - 70% Essay (4000 words)

THE VICTORIAN URBAN SPACE: TOWNS AND CITIES IN AN AGE OF SOCIAL CHANGE


MODULE TITLE : THE VICTORIAN URBAN SPACE: TOWNS AND CITIES IN AN AGE OF SOCIAL CHANGE

MODULE CODE : HSM702


MODULE SUMMARY :

The module is designed to help students engage with a range of structuralist and post-modern approaches to the Victorian urban environment. Issues of class, gender and race will be integrated into classic debates on politics, society and culture in the Victorian city providing a greater appreciation of the influence of the spaces of the 19th century city on the production, reception and consumption of contemporary ideas and behaviours.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 25.00
Independent : 275.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Explore the nature of the Victorian urban space as it affected society, literature, theology, politics and art
  • Analyse methods of interpretation and assess their relative merits and influence
  • Familiarise the student with contemporary research methods in Victorian urban studies.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Give a critical account of the nature of Victorian urban studies
  • Critically analyse for major shifts in interpretation and representation of the Victorian urban milieu
  • Illustrate the above with examples using critical analysis of primary texts and providing the necessary political, social and intellectual context in which they can be interpreted
  • Analyse primary sources and texts and critically contextualise these
  • Identify and differentiate between social and intellectual movements and their influences on Victorian urban space
  • Communicate systematically and effectively with fluency and authority via the written  and spoken word so as to engage and challenge the assumptions of an audience
  • Show advanced interpersonal skills in presentations to groups and discussions
  • Extend their own learning skills and performance through disciplined self-study and research utilizing appropriate resources, planning and time management.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 30% Presentation (2500 words equivalent)

Component 2 - 70% Essay (5000 words)

Year 2 modules


INTERDISCIPLINARY VICTORIAN STUDIES


MODULE TITLE : INTERDISCIPLINARY VICTORIAN STUDIES

MODULE CODE : HSM701


MODULE SUMMARY :

The module is designed to help students engage with a range of approaches to the Victorian era, from the orthodox approaches of ‘classic’ social and institutional history to more contemporary post-structuralist methodologies, through a close reading of key texts. Changing contexts, philosophies and locations will be taken into account in trying to understand the ongoing task and challenge of interpretation.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 25.00
Independent : 125.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  150.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Explore the nature of Victorian Studies as an inter-disciplinary approach to the period
  • Familiarise the student with recent debates in Victorian history, theology and literature
  • Analyse methods of interpretation (including of primary non-textual sources) and assess their relative merits and influence.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Give a critical account of the nature of Victorian society and culture
  • Critically analyse major shifts in historical, theological and literary interpretation of the Victorian era        
  • Illustrate the above with examples using critical analysis of primary texts and providing the necessary political, social and intellectual context in which they can be interpreted
  • Analyse primary sources, including artefacts, art and texts and critically contextualise these
  • Identify and differentiate between artistic, political and intellectual movements and their influences on Victorian society
  • Communicate systematically and effectively with fluency and authority via the written  and spoken word so as to engage and challenge the assumptions of an audience
  • Show advanced interpersonal skills in presentations to groups and discussions
  • Extend their own learning skills and performance through disciplined self-study and research utilizing appropriate resources, planning and time management.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 30% Seminar Presentation Analysing a Victorian Source (1500 words)

Component 2 - 70% Essay (4000 words)

THE VICTORIAN URBAN SPACE: TOWNS AND CITIES IN AN AGE OF SOCIAL CHANGE


MODULE TITLE : THE VICTORIAN URBAN SPACE: TOWNS AND CITIES IN AN AGE OF SOCIAL CHANGE

MODULE CODE : HSM702


MODULE SUMMARY :

The module is designed to help students engage with a range of structuralist and post-modern approaches to the Victorian urban environment. Issues of class, gender and race will be integrated into classic debates on politics, society and culture in the Victorian city providing a greater appreciation of the influence of the spaces of the 19th century city on the production, reception and consumption of contemporary ideas and behaviours.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 25.00
Independent : 275.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Explore the nature of the Victorian urban space as it affected society, literature, theology, politics and art
  • Analyse methods of interpretation and assess their relative merits and influence
  • Familiarise the student with contemporary research methods in Victorian urban studies.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Give a critical account of the nature of Victorian urban studies
  • Critically analyse for major shifts in interpretation and representation of the Victorian urban milieu
  • Illustrate the above with examples using critical analysis of primary texts and providing the necessary political, social and intellectual context in which they can be interpreted
  • Analyse primary sources and texts and critically contextualise these
  • Identify and differentiate between social and intellectual movements and their influences on Victorian urban space
  • Communicate systematically and effectively with fluency and authority via the written  and spoken word so as to engage and challenge the assumptions of an audience
  • Show advanced interpersonal skills in presentations to groups and discussions
  • Extend their own learning skills and performance through disciplined self-study and research utilizing appropriate resources, planning and time management.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 30% Presentation (2500 words equivalent)

Component 2 - 70% Essay (5000 words)

VICTORIAN STUDIES DISSERTATION


MODULE TITLE : VICTORIAN STUDIES DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : HSM707


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to draw from and build upon subject knowledge acquired at undergraduate level, and developed in taught modules undertaken at masters level by undertaking a topic of personal interest and exploring this topic in an independent and original manner, appropriate to masters level. The student will be expected to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the topic and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the academic discipline and field of study.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 20.00
Independent : 580.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  600.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Conduct an extended piece of personal research in which the student works at the cutting edge of current thinking in contemporary Victorian studies
  • Ensure that the student identifies, analyses and utilises relevant primary sources in an original and imaginative way
  • Allow the student to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses
  • Encourage the student to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and resolving issues presented by the topic of the dissertation

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of a topic in Victorian Studies and a critical awareness of the problems and new insights associated with the topic. It must be informed by the forefront of the academic field of study.
  • Show a comprehensive and critical understanding of traditional and contemporary approaches to the topic
  • Undertake a critical evaluation of current research and advanced scholarship in the topic selected.
  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate their ideas clearly to specialists and non-specialists
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Dissertation (15000 words)

Course code

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