School of History

HST5384 – The Rising Generation: Youth, Age and Protest in Post-War Britain

Module code: HST5384

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Tisdall

This module considers how both conservatives and radicals used the language of age and life-stage to construct visions of the future, and how the experience of childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age changed in Britain between 1945 and 1979. How far can protest movements - second-wave feminism, black civil rights, gay liberation and CND - be understood as generational conflicts? And how does employing age, gender and sexuality as categories of historical analysis change the way that we do history? Source materials will include periodicals, photographs, maps, contemporary fiction, oral histories and written self-narratives.

Assessment: Essay (2,000 words) [50%] and Take Home Exam (2,000 words) [50%]
Level: 5