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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST59130: British Medieval Seals

Department: History

HIST59130: British Medieval Seals

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 the students to gain detailed knowledge and understanding of seals used in medieval Britain: their chronological development, their form and design, who owned them, how they were used; and to allow students to assess their value as historical evidence. This will be set in the wider context of sigillography in other parts of Europe.


  • Categories of medieval British seals
  • Chronology and development of seal types
  • Development of seal designs in context of medieval art history
  • Ownership and use of seals: social and legal contexts
  • British and medieval seals in the light of medieval European sigillography

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

        • Individual tutorials

        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 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