HS3T49-The Three Kingdoms in the Williamite Period

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Esther Mijers

Email: E.Mijers@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
Topics involve the study of specific periods, subjects or types of history.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • identify and explain the main issues and events studied
  • acquire a detailed knowledge of the events through extensive reading in specialised literature
  • locate and assemble information on the subject by independent research
  • appraise critically the primary sources and historical interpretations of the subject
  • organize material and articulate arguments effectively in writing, both under timed conditions and in assessed essays.

Additional outcomes:
The 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 Revolution of 1688/9 brought about a number of significant changes in the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland – the monarchy, the parliaments, and the churches of England and Scotland were all affected by the arrival of the new Dutch king and his English wife. This course looks at the reign of William and Mary in the three kingdoms and the political and religious changes, which took place throughout the 1690s. At the same time, attention will be paid to the relationship with the world outside the British Isles as William’s wars on the continent were an integral part of his reign and this period also saw the rise of Britain as a Great Power in Europe and the rest of the world. Primary sources, such as pamphlets, state papers and political correspondence, will form an integral part of this course.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars, requiring preparatory reading and investigation, may include informal and interactive presentations by the module teacher; structured group discussion; short seminar papers by students; occasional tutorials; team-based simulation exercises and debates; examination of primary and secondary sources. Students are expected to carry out self-directed revision in the Summer term. Staff will be available for consultation as necessary.

Contact hours:
  Autumn or Spring Summer
Lectures    
Tutorials/seminars 30  
Practicals    
Other contact (eg study visits)    
     
Total hours 30  
     
Number of essays or assignments 1  
Other (eg major seminar paper)    

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 67
Written assignment including essay 33

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will write one essay of not more than 2,500 words, to be submitted electronically via Blackboard and in hard copy to the History office by 12 noon on the Friday of week 8 of the term.

Formative assessment methods:

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:
    One two-hour paper requiring two answers to be taken at the time of the Part 3 examinations.

    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. Where a re-sit is permitted, students will be assessed on the failed element(s) ONLY in August. These will be capped at a maximum mark of 40%. Any element(s) already passed will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Failed coursework must be re-submitted by 12 noon, on the last Friday of August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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