HIS-20105 - Rebels and Revolutionaries in Colonial American History (1607-1776)
Coordinator: Kristen Brill Tel: +44 1782 7 33201
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

The module aims to develop students' critical thinking and analytical skill sets in their exploration of the social, economic, political and cultural history of British North America (1607-1776).

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

critically engage with the changing relationship between Britain and its American colonies over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries: 1,2
constructively analyze the role of identity politics and the interplay between social, political, economic and cultural history in the study of British North America before the American Revolution: 1,2
investigate and evaluate the use of primary and secondary sources in historical analysis: 1,2
assess and evaluate relevant historical debates: 1,2
communicate ideas and arguments cogently and effectively in oral and written forms: 1,2
conduct independent research as well as to work collaboratively in groups to meet deadlines: 1,2

Study hours

Scheduled Teaching Hours
12 x 2-hour seminars = 24
12 x 1-hour extra contact hour = 12
Seminar Preparation (for 12 seminars) = 72
Group Presentation Preparation = 14
Essay Preparation = 28

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 65%
Students will write a 1,500-word research essay on one of ten questions based on seminar topics.

2: Group Presentation weighted 35%
Group Presentation
In groups of two to four, students will give a 15-minute presentation. Each student will give one presentation over the course of the module. Presentations will critically engage with the required primary and secondary readings. Presentations will also draw connections to wider course themes and raise questions for class discussion. Marks will be awarded on an individual basis based on the individual's contribution to the presentation.