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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST50930: The English in Medieval Ireland II

Department: History

HIST50930: The English in Medieval Ireland II

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


  • HIST50830


  • HIST50130

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Extension of the work undertaken for the English in Medieval Ireland I into the changing context of the fourteenth century, normally leading to a dissertation in this field.


  • Further study of the English settlements in medieval Ireland, concentrating on the fourteenth century, when the colony contracted in the face of an Irish military and cultural recovery. Themes to be studied include the reasons for this contraction, the measures taken to resist it by the authorities in Ireland and England, and the emergence of both a hybrid frontier society and of distinctive colonial solidarities among 'the English of Ireland'. All these topics will involve an understanding of economic and social trends and political structures and attitudes in the late medieval West.

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