HIS-20097 - Creating Britain, 1536-1707
Coordinator: Siobhan Talbott Tel: +44 1782 7 33464
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

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: 1,2
Analyse debates about the development of national identity (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish) in the period: 1,2
Evaluate the extent to which a British identity developed in the period: 1,2
Evaluate scholarly debates in the contested notions of Britain and 'British' history: 1,2
Analyse the connections between historical debate and current political controversies: 1,2
Present ideas fluently and cogently in written form: 1,2
Interpret and analyse primary source material relating to early-modern Britain: 1
Consider 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

Study hours

12 hours of lectures
12 hours of seminars
13 hours of online sessions
43 seminar preparation
30 review preparation
40 essay preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 60%
An 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 Review
An 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'.