HS3S21-The Interregnum in Britain & Ireland, 1649-1660, A

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: HS3S71 The Interregnum in Britain and Ireland, 1649-1660, B
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

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. This particular module deals with source materials for the politics of the interregnum in Britain and Ireland.

Aims:
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. This particular module deals with source materials for the politics of the interregnum in Britain and Ireland

Assessable learning outcomes:
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:
This course will explore the challenges faced by both rulers and subjects in the England, Scotland and Ireland after the execution of Charles I in 1649. It will ask how far the civil wars of the 1640s had prepared people for the ideological and practical implications of living without a monarchy, and explore the many different ways in which political arguments and alignments shifted to respond to the new situation. It will assess the achievements of those who ruled the country, and explore the nature of the radicalism - both republican and religious - which grew up in different contexts over these years. It will ask how much significance can be attached to the first legal 'union' of the three kingdoms during this period, and look at how the government responded to the specific challenges of rule in Scotland and Ireland. It will consider 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

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The teaching for this module and for HS3S71 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 exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
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.

Students will be required to prepare for seminars through reading from both the primary sources and the secondary literature. Practice commentaries on the sources will be required for formative assessment.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener 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:
    A three-hour paper involving detailed commentary on extracts from the sources studied.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Students who fail Part Three are permitted one further attempt at a resit in each module they have failed. Students who fail Part Three will no longer be eligible for an Honours Degree, but, assuming the necessary threshold after the resit (normally an overall average of 35% or above) is achieved, students will obtain a Pass Degree. Re-examination in August, where students are permitted to re-sit this module.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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