The Celtic Frontier: Sources (HIH3110)
|Staff||Dr Helen Birkett - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||At least 90 credits of History at level 1 and/or level 2|
|Co-requisites||HIH3111 The Celtic Frontier: Post-Conquest England and its Celtic Neighbours (Context)|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
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
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 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||44||Seminars (22x2hr)|
|Guided independent study||256||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
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|
|Portfolio||80||6000 words||Verbal and written|
|Individual presentation||20||20-30 minutes||Verbal and written|
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|
|Presentation||Written transcript of 20 minute presentation.||1-8|
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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