‘Goodbye to all that’: politics, culture and society in Britain, 1970-1979
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HBH03
Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course explores the pivotal role which the decade played in shaping late 20th century Britain – especially in terms of the move away from consensus/the two-party system which had prevailed between1945 and1970. Instead the decade witnessed the increasing importance of Nationalist politics and the debate over devolution - which was to end the Callaghan government in 1979. Similarly considered (and linked) are the consequences (at the outset) of more market-oriented economic/industrial policies, controversial trade union reform, significant oil price rises and debates over (retaining) membership of the European Economic Community. Featured too are developments in education and religion together with reference to the literary, visual and performing arts alongside such aspects of popular culture as entertainment, Hotpants, skateboarding and Punk. The course closes with how legislation, pressure groups and evolving morality changed understandings of marriage, the position of women and same sex relationships together with the various reactions to Britain becoming an increasingly multicultural and multifaith society.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Political change – notably four general elections, the Nationalist challenges to the two-party system and the devolution debate
Background to the UK’s accession to the European Economic Community (1973) and the subsequent referendum (1975)
Industrial/economic policies pursued and their consequences including the Three Day Week and ‘Winter of Discontent’
The culture of these years - both ‘serious’ and ‘popular’ including the Arts, education and religion as well as entertainment
Environmentalism, science and technology
Aspects of daily life - marriage, fashion, retail, transport and holidays; Britain as an increasingly multicultural/gender society.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The 1970s as a decade of significant political change – notably the Nationalist challenges to the two-party system and the devolution debate; the background to the UK’s accession to the European Economic Community (1973) and the subsequent referendum (1975); the industrial/economic policies pursued and their consequences including the Three Day Week and ‘Winter of Discontent’; aspects of both ‘serious’ and ‘popular’ including the Arts, education and religion as well as entertainment; environmentalism, science and technology; aspects of daily life - marriage, fashion, retail, transport and holidays; and reactions to Britain as an increasingly multicultural/gender society.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An introductory course. No previous knowledge required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged. No work outside class is required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs; requisites for optional note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in British, London or European history. Please see the website.