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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST50230: Northumbria in the Early Middle Ages I

Department: History

HIST50230: Northumbria in the Early Middle Ages I

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • None


  • Historical Methods and Interpretation (HIST50130)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Introduction to the advanced study of the origin, political, social and economic structure, and cultural background of the Kingdom of Northumbria down to the Viking invasions of the late 9th century.


  • The module will explore: the origins of the kingdom, especially the relationship between Angles and Britons; textual and archaeological sources for the nature of its society; the role of the church and of conversion to Christianity; the stability or otherwise of its political and economic structures; the primary influences on its cultural development.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

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

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 5 Foretnightly 1.5 hours 7.5
        Preparation and Reading 292.5
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

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

        Formative Assessment:

        Discussion of work in progress

        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