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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST58730: The English Parliament in the Thirteenth Century

Department: History

HIST58730: The English Parliament in the Thirteenth Century

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


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Understanding the early development of parliament.
  • Grasp of medieval ideas about representation.
  • Understanding of the problems presented by the early records of parliament


  • The module will look at the development of parliament in the thirteenth century, a topic which has been the centre of extensive controversy and argument. The composition of parliamentary assemblies, particularly in terms of peers and representatives, will form one element for study; more important in many ways is the question of the parliament's functions. The role of pariament as a court will be examined, as will its role in granting taxes, and providing an avenue for redress of grievances through petitions. The evolution of writs of summons is an important matter, which casts light on the use of doctrines such as quod omnes tangit. There is a wide range of sources available for this module; attention will be focussed on the rolls of parliament and associated records.

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

        • The teaching methods for the module will be informal, based on individual tutorial sessions.

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 9 Week;y 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 1000%

        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