The Celtic Frontier: Context (HIH3111)

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-requisitesHIH3110 The Celtic Frontier: Post-Conquest England and its Celtic Neighbours (Sources)
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The events of 1066 brought radical and permanent change not just to England but to Wales, Scotland and Ireland which, over the next century, became targets for Norman ambition. This course examines the processes, voluntary and involuntary, by which these countries were brought into line with continental norms.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. A broad and detailed knowledge of the different meanings attached to the concept of 'Normanisation' in Britain, as well as close specialist knowledge of the key developments within the history of Norman intervention in the British Isles, developed through independent study and seminar work.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. Ability to analyse the key developments within a particular field within the history of the period
  • 3. Ability to focus on and comprehend complex issues
  • 4. Ability to understand and deploy historical terminology in a comprehensible manner.

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

Syllabus plan

Term 1: Norman Conquest: Norman expansion in mainland Europe and intervention the British Isles. Term 2: 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
Better of the two essay marks 332 x 3000 wordsVerbal and written
Unseen examination 672 questions in 2 hoursWritten

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Better of two essaysBetter of two essays1-8Referral/deferral period.
Unseen examUnseen exam1-8Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

R.Davies, The First English Empire (Oxford UP, 2000)

D.Walker, The Normans in Britain (Blackwell, 1995)

R.Frame, The Political Development of the British Isles, 1100-1400 (Opus 1990)

R.Bartlett, The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 960-1350 (Penguin 1993)

B.Golding, Conquest and Colonisation, The Normans in Britain 1066-1100 (Macmillan 1994)

R.Davies, The Age of Conquest: Wales 1063-1415 (Oxford UP, 1991)

S.Duffy,Ireland in the Middle Ages (Macmillan 1997)

R.Bartlett, England under the Norman and Angevin Kings, 1075-1225 (Oxford UP, 2000)

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