HS3S161-England without a King, 1649-1660, B

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: HS3S111 England without a King, 1649-1660, A
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Rachel Foxley

Email: r.h.foxley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:


Specials aim to provide 'hands-on' experience of the historian's task through close examination and evaluation of primary sources and the light they shed on issues and problems.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to: • recognise and interpret a range of different primary materials • undertake detailed textual analysis and comment on the primary materials • achieve a detailed command of varying historical interpretations of the primary materials and subject as a whole • organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing under timed conditions

Additional outcomes:

This module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's effectiveness in group situations. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources.

Outline content:

The execution of Charles I on 30 January 1649, following his defeat by his own parliament in two civil wars, sent shock waves around Europe. This course will explore the huge challenges faced by England’s new rulers, who needed to invent a new constitution and stabilize a non-monarchical regime in the face of a serious lack of legitimacy and popularity. It will also explore the reactions of the ruled to the succession of novel constitutional arrangements which were put in place, and ask how far the civil wars of the 1640s had prepared people for the ideological and practical implications of living without a monarchy. The challenges of religion, including the novel flourishing of protestant sects outside the national church, will be explored, and the module will consider the nature of the radicalism - both republican and religious - which grew up in different contexts over these years, as well as asking how royalists responded to non-monarchical rule, and why they were not able to challenge the regime more effectively. We will also examine Cromwell's personality, beliefs, and effectiveness as Lord Protector, and the reasons for the collapse of the Protectorate and ultimate return of the Stuart monarchy after Cromwell's death. England’s relations with foreign powers and its conquest of, and attempted union with, Ireland and Scotland may also be covered. Throughout the module we will use a wide range of different types of primary sources, including literary and visual material, and pay attention to political culture and political ideas.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The teaching for this module and for HS3S111 together involves weekly two-hour discussion seminars. Students will gain ‘hands-on’ experience of the historian’s task through the detailed evaluations of key texts, and the light they shed on the issues and problems being investigated. Students are expected to carry out self-directed revision in the Summer term. Staff will be available for consultation as necessary.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 11 11
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study 88 89
Total hours by term 99.00 101.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Assessment is by a long essay to be submitted in the summer term. Papers should not exceed 4,500 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Papers which exceed the word limit by more than 5% will incur a penalty of five marks. Candidates will be rewarded for making appropriate use of the prescribed texts. Papers must be submitted electronically via Blackboard in week 2, by noon on Friday at the latest.

Formative assessment methods:

In addition to the final long essay, between two and four pieces of formative written work, for instance essays, seminar presentations, book reviews, posters, will normally be required for this Special Subject over the two terms.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-assessment will be by the same method as the module’s original requirement, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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