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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST58530: Durham Cathedral in the Norman Age

Department: History

HIST58530: Durham Cathedral in the Norman Age

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 gain knowledge and understanding of an aspect of the development of Durham cathedral as a building and as an institution from its first foundation to the end of the pontificate of Ranulf Flambard (1099-1128), with regard also to developments down to the pontificate of Hugh de Puiset (1153-95) where these are of particular relevance. A programme of independent bibliographical research and reading focused 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.


  • the character of the ecclesiastical community of Durham before 1083 and the impact of the Norman conquest
  • the design of the cathedral in all of its aspects
  • the development of the priory's library, especially in the light of surviving manuscripts
  • the organisation on the post -1083 priory and its relationship to the bishops
  • the powers and rights of the bishops and their political position

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