Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
To explore debates over the complex and contested notion of 'British' history by analysing a crucial period for the development of the British state and the British empire, and to advance students' historical knowledge and skill in preparation for the final year of their degree.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Explain the history of the British Isles between 1536 and 1707, particularly the main developments in the history of Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and England, demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: 1,2Analyse debates about the development of national identity (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish) in the period: 1,2Evaluate the extent to which a British identity developed in the period: 1,2Evaluate scholarly debates in the contested notions of Britain and 'British' history: 1,2Analyse the connections between historical debate and current political controversies: 1,2Present ideas fluently and cogently in written form: 1,2Interpret and analyse primary source material relating to early-modern Britain: 1Consider the ways in which the issues discussed in this module help us to think about the modern world, particularly in the wake of debates on Welsh Devolution, Scottish Independence and Brexit: 1,2
12 hours of lectures12 hours of seminars13 hours of online sessions43 seminar preparation30 review preparation40 essay preparation
1: Essay weighted 60%
Description of Module Assessment
EssayAn essay of 2500 words, chosen by the student from a list of 8 set questions. The essay requires the students to demonstrate detailed knowledge gained from lectures, seminars and their own reading, to reflect critically and to argue coherently.2: Essay weighted 40%
Historiographical ReviewAn essay of 1,500 words on a question chosen by the student from a list of 5 set by the tutor, in which students will analyse a topic across the whole period and evaluate the historiography of the 'new British history'.