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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST40530: Sixteenth-century politics, political culture, and religion I

Department: History

HIST40530: Sixteenth-century politics, political culture, and religion I

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap
Tied to V1K207


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The module aims to enable students to engage critically at a high level of sophistication with current methodoligical and historiographical debates, major concepts and interpretations on secondary literature and with a range of contemporary historical evidence relating to sixteenth-century British history in support of the intended learning outcomes of the MA in Modern History


  • The nature of Tudor governance.
  • Key aspects of Tudor political culture.
  • Church-state relations and the impact of the Reformation on politics and society.
  • The public sphere: political awareness, debate and action beyond the court.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module the student will have gained a detailed knowledge of the nature of Tudor politics, political culture and religion; an understanding of relevant historiographical and methodological approaches and the capacity to evaluate critically both a wide range of contemporary primary sources and the secondary literature within these fields.
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • Appropriate specialised areas for focus are identified in discussion between the module leader and individual students in weekly tutorials. These areas are then explored through on-going, directed reading, directed and monitored by the module leader in weekly tutorials. Weekly tutorials also provide the framework within which each student plans, researches and writes, under the module leader's supervision, an extended essay, making use both of original sources and secondary literature

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Tutorials 9 Weekly 1 9
      Preparation & Reading 291
      Total 300

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Essay 5000 word 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Module leader reads and comments on preliminary draft of student's 5000-word essay.

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University