The Age of AEthelred 'the Unready': Sources (HIH3117)
|Staff||Dr Levi Roach - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||At least 90 credits of History at Level 1 and/or Level 2.|
|Co-requisites||The Age of Æthelred ‘the Unready’: Context.|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module will focus on the sources available for studying English and western European history in the age of Æthelred. It will use a range of sources, including chronicles, charters, law-codes, coins, sermons and archaeological finds. Students will be expected to evaluate the reliability and value of these sources, as well as to explain their significance within the wider context of the subject.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Have a detailed knowledge of the different sources available for the study of the Age of Æthelred, together with a very close specialist knowledge of those sources which the students focus upon in their seminar presentations and written work.
- 2. Analyse the complex diversity of the sources studied.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Analyse closely original sources and to assess their reliability as historical evidence; and focus on and comprehend complex texts
- 4. Understand and deploy relevant historical terminology in a comprehensible manner.
- 5. Follow social and political developments across the period.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Do independent and autonomous study and group work, including presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 7. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 8. Present complex arguments orally.
- England before Æthelred: From Alfred the Great to Edward the Martyr
- The reign of King Æthelred: Weathering the Storm
- Æthelred’s Legacy: A Kingdom Lost and Won
- Æthelred’s Continental Counterparts: Contact, Comparison, Contrast
- Themes in the ‘Age of Æthelred’
The introductory session will offer an overview for students who may have little background in this subject. The co-requisite module will provide background and context on developments in the reign of King Æthelred.
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||22 x 2 hour seminars|
|Guided independent study||256||Reading and preparing for seminars, coursework and presentations.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussion||Ongoing through course.||1-6, 8||Oral from tutor and fellow students.|
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||2 assignments totalling 4000 words||1-7||Verbal and written.|
|Individual Presentation||20||20-30 minutes||1-8||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||Referral/deferral period|
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
S. Keynes, The Diplomas of King Æthelred ‘the Unready’, 978–1016: A Study in their Use as Historical Evidence (Cambridge, 1980)
A. J. Robertson, ed. and trans., The Laws of the Kings of England from Edmund to Henry I (Cambridge, 1925)
D. Scragg, ed., The Battle of Maldon, AD 991 (Oxford, 1991)
D. Whitelock, ed., English Historical Documents c. 500–1042, 2nd edn (London, 1979)
D. Whitelock, M. Brett and C. N. L. Brooke, ed., Councils and Ecclesiastical Documents relating to the English Church, I, A.D. 871–1204 (Oxford, 1981)
P. Wormald, The Making of English Law: King Alfred to the Twelfth Century, I, Legislation and its Limits (Oxford, 1999)
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
‘Kemble’ Website: http://www.kemble.asnc.cam.ac.uk/
Electronic Sawyer: http://www.esawyer.org.uk/about/index.html
Early English Laws: http://www.earlyenglishlaws.ac.uk/
Wulfstan’s Eschatological Homilies: http://webpages.ursinus.edu/jlionarons/wulfstan/wulfstan.html
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