Early Modern History 1500-1700: A Social History (HIC2323)
|Staff||Dr Nicola Whyte - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
In a series of weekly lectures and seminars, you will explore, amongst other things, population growth and economic upheaval; the politics of community and neighbourhood; poverty, crime, and disorder; social diversification and division; popular religion and culture; literate and oral communication; popular politics and religious conflict; state formation and the expansion of the law; gender and sexuality; the law courts and witchcraft accusations. Throughout the module, we shall evaluate the methods and approaches of the secondary works on these topics. We shall also analyse early modern primary sources in dialogue with the historiography.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. display a core knowledge of early modern English history, linked to key themes
- 2. demonstrate critical awareness of the historiography of the period
- 3. bring primary evidence to bear on their interpretations of secondary arguments about social and economic change.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon historical texts relating to a specific historical period or theme.
- 5. collate data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary
- 6. with limited guidance, understand and deploy historical terminology in a comprehensible manner
- 7. with limited guidance, handle different approaches to history in areas of controversy work with primary sources under direction from the module tutor.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. show evidence of ability to read and use texts and source materials critically and empathetically
- 10. present material for group discussion and have respect for others reasoned views
- 11. with limited guidance, gather and deploy material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument
Students will explore the topics of population growth and economic upheaval; the politics of community and neighbourhood; poverty, crime, and disorder; social diversification and division; popular religion and culture; literate and oral communication; popular politics and religious conflict; state formation and the expansion of the law; gender and sexuality; the law courts and witchcraft accusations; urbanisation and urban culture.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||11||Lectures, 1 hour weekly|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||11||Seminars, 1 hour weekly|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Short presentations||5-10 minutes||ILOs 1-3,10-11|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||100||2,000 words||ILOs 1-9, 11||Written comments and verbal feedback on formal submission|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay 2,000w||Essay 2,000w||ILOs 1-9, 11||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Basic reading: P. Griffiths, A. Fox and S. Hindle (eds.), The Experience of Authority in Early Modern England (Basingstoke, 1996) J.A. Sharpe, Early Modern England: a Social History, 1550-1760 (1987; 2nd. ed., London, 1997) G. Walker (ed.), Writing Early Modern History (London, 2005) K. Wrightson, English Society 1580-1680 (London, 1982; 2nd edition, London 2002)
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