The Celtic Frontier: Sources (HIH3110)

StaffDr Helen Birkett - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesAt least 90 credits of History at level 1 and/or level 2
Co-requisitesHIH3111 The Celtic Frontier: Post-Conquest England and its Celtic Neighbours (Context)
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module will focus on the sources for studying all aspects of the impact of the Normans on the British Isles between 1066 and 1215. This course examines the processes of conquest and assimilation using the writings of conquerors and conquered. The texts examined include correspondence, ethnography, satire, chronicle, poetry, prophecy, and charters originally composed in Latin, French, English, Welsh and Irish.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. A detailed knowledge of the different sources available for the study of the Normans' impact on the British Isles, together with a very close specialist knowledge of those sources which the students focus upon in their seminar presentations and written work
  • 2. Ability to analyse the complex diversity of the sources studied.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Ability to analyse closely original source and to assess their reliablity as historical evidence
  • 4. Ability to focus on and comprehend complex texts
  • 5. Ability to understand and deploy historical terminology correctly

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Independent and autonomous study and group work, including presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
  • 7. Ability to digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
  • 8. Ability to present complex arguments orally

Syllabus plan

The module will examine the primary sources relating to the following subject: Norman expansion and intervention in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland; Norman domination and consolidation (military, economic, demographic, religious, cultural).

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities44Seminars (22x2hr)
Guided independent study256Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio806000 wordsVerbal and written
Individual presentation 2020-30 minutesVerbal and written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-7Referral/deferral period
PresentationWritten transcript of 20 minute presentation.1-8

Re-assessment notes

The re-assessment consists of a 6,000 word portfolio of source work, as in the original assessment, but replaces the individual presentation with a written script that could be delivered in such a presentation and which is the equivalent of 20 minutes of speech.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Domesday Book: A Complete Translation, ed. G.Martin and A.Williams (Penguin,2003)

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, transl. M. Swanton (Dent, 1996)

Gerald of Wales: The Journey through Wales/The Description of Wales, transl. L. Thorpe (Penguin Classics, 1978)

Gerald of Wales: The History and Topography of Ireland, transl. J.J. O'Meara (Penguin Classics, 1982)

The Conquest of Ireland by Giraldus Cambrensis, transl. A.B. Scott and F.X. Martin (Dublin, 1978)

R. Bartlett, Gerald of Wales 1146-1223 (Oxford UP, 1982)

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