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School of History

HST6403 - The History of Emotions

Module code: HST6403

Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Dr Thomas Dixon

We live in an era of angry voters, weeping celebrities, and governments intent on measuring happiness. In this new age of feeling, historians have started to take a serious interest in the passions and emotions of the past, alongside more familiar approaches to events and ideas. This QMUL Model module introduces the methods and results of the history of emotions as a new approach to history. Students will learn about the history and meaning of rage and terror, tears and smiles, love and desire, from the medieval period to the present.

Assessment: Presentation (5 minutes) [10%], Blog Entry (1,000 words) [25%] and Essay (2,500 words) [65%]
Level: 6