Painting of Westminster by Atkinson Grimshaw

"I feel very much at home in the early nineteenth century and am not inclined to leave it."  - Susanna Clarke (novelist)

Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 9 weeks: October to December
  • Fees from £105
  • Tutor: Dr Sheila Lecoeur
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
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The nineteenth-century was one of the defining epochs in European history, when revolutions in science, technology and society changed the world out of all recognition, and gave birth to many aspects of life we still take for granted today. Whether we think about things as diverse as our political systems or the telephone, they have nineteenth-century roots, and on this course we will explore and discuss the history of some of the most interesting and influential events in nineteenth-century Europe.

Our starting point will be the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, events which reverberated throughout the rest of the century. We will explore some of the developing political philosophies which contributed to this period of upheaval in Europe, some of which are still the subject of debate today, and their impact on the revolutions of 1830 and 1848.

Looking at the growth of imperialism and nationalism will be key to understanding this period, and we will examine the origins and development of some of the major European nations that we recognise today, but also the reasons behind the rise and eventual fall of Europe’s global empires. 

Focussing on Britain we will also explore changes to industry, economy and rural and city life, and the impact this had on the arts and culture during this period.

The nineteenth century is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating and exciting periods of history to study, and by drawing on a wide range of material, we will soon discover the long shadow it still casts over the world today.

Course Information

Course Programme

Course details will be forthcoming

Additional Reading

There is no requirement to undertake specific reading for this course, but your tutor might recommend you look at specific texts during the course.

For general information you might want to look at:

  • Jeremy Black and Donald MacRaild, Nineteenth-Century Britain (Palgrave, 2002)

No academic credits are available for this course. An attendance certificate is issued only to those who attend at least 80% of the taught sessions.

Your Tutor

Photograph of Sheila LecoeurDr Sheila Lecoeur has specialised in Italian studies and is currently Coordinator of Italian in the Centre for Languages, Communication and Culture. Sheila is also a social historian of Europe in the 20th century, with a particular interest in the history of fascism and the Second World War. Sheila has engaged in historical research and has produced a documentary film about Greece in World War II for television. Her book on the Italian occupation of Greece, ‘Mussolini’s Greek island’, has also been translated into Greek. She is currently working on a second documentary film on the present crisis in Greece.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksInternal rateAssociate rateStandard rate
18  9  £115    (Early Bird rate: £105*) £155    (Early Bird rate: £140*)
£200    (Early Bird rate: £180*) 
* Early Bird fee rate is valid for enrolments made via the website between 1 August and 30 September only   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

 Internal rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of Friends of Imperial College 
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8

Standard rate

  • Applicable to all who do not qualify for any of the above rates (Internal or Associate Rate).

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 18  9 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks) n/a n/a
 

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
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Certificate of Attendance

Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (7) of the taught classroom sessions.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the tutor, Dr Sheila Lecoeur, s.lecoeur@imperial.ac.uk

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.