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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST58130: Bede's Work and World

Department: History

HIST58130: Bede's Work and World

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


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • To enable students to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of an aspect of Bede's work and a grasp of the social, political, ecclesiastical and cultural context in which he produced it. A programme of independent bibliographical research and reading focussed on a particular theme or area of research to be selected according to the special interests of particular students and leading to an essay to be defined on the basis of that reading.


  • Bede's methods and approaches as an historian
  • Bede's attitudes to the origins and early history of the English
  • Bede's view of the Church in his own day and the relationship of that view to the reality revealed by other sources and by archaeology
  • Bede's world - the organisation and environment of his monasteries at Jarrow and Monkwearmouth
  • Bede's treatment of particular themes, such as the cult of St Cuthbert, or the nature of royal power in early England
  • Bede's influence on the continent, and his relationship to the English missions of the eighth century

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 9 Weekly 1 hour 9
        Preparation and Reading 291
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

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

        Formative Assessment:

        There is no seperate formative assessment, but at least one initial draft of the summative essay will be handed in for comment. The tutor will provide regular oral feedback on 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