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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST50330: Northumbria in the Early Middle Ages II

Department: History

HIST50330: Northumbria in the Early Middle Ages II

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


  • Northumbria in the Early Middle Ages I (HIST50230)


  • Historical Methods and Interpretations (HIST50130)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Continued study of the former Kingdom of Northumbria as it developed under the Viking invaders from the 860s onwards to the Norman conquest, building on work undertaken in Northumbria in the Middle Ages I, and normally leading to a dissertation in this field.


  • The module will study the development of the area in all its aspects during and after the creation of the Viking Kingdom of York and the emergence of the Anglian earldom of Bamburgh. Central themes will include: the evidence for Viking settlement; the nature of Viking Kingship; the urban development of York; the fate of the church; and the relations of the area with the kings of England and the kings of Scots.

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 Fortnightly 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