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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST51130: Kings and Princes in the British Isles II

Department: History

HIST51130: Kings and Princes in the British Isles II

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


  • HIST51030


  • HIST50130

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Continued study of political relationships in the British Isles into the period 1216-1328 at an advanced level, extending work undertaken in Kings and Princes in the British Isles I, and normally leading to a dissertation in this field.


  • The module will extend the study of political relationships in Britain and Ireland into a period when the increasingly powerful English and Scottish kingships suppressed most of the lesser royal and princely regimes within the islands, and also clashed with each other. Central themes will include jurisdictional changes, the development of the state, and questions of national identitiy, all of which demand understanding of the wider European as well as the insular context.

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