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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST50830: The English in Medieval Ireland I

Department: History

HIST50830: The English in Medieval Ireland I

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


  • None


  • HIST50130

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Advanced study of the foundations of English authority in Ireland in the late twefth and thirteenth centuries.


  • The module will explore the establishment by English barons, knights and their dependants of a colonial society, reflected in lordships which by the late thirteenth century covered some two-thirds of Ireland. In addition to military conquest, the module will deal with the movement of population from Britain to Ireland, and the associated development of boroughs and manorial settlements, and also with the transplantation of English government and law into the core settlement areas.

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

        • Objectives are to be met through a programme of intensive directed reading, regular discussion of issues arising from the reading, and the production of an extensive piece of writing on an agreed subject.

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 5 Fortnightly 1.5 hours 7.5
        Other: Unscheduled meetings as requested by the student Variable Variable Variable 2.5
        Preparation and Reading 290
        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