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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST59230: Rural England, 1000-1180

Department: History

HIST59230: Rural England, 1000-1180

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


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of Domesday Book and the other documentary sources for the English countryside in this period; to allow them to gain a sound grasp of current work, from both documentary and archaeological evidence, on the economy and society of the period.


  • Domesday Book: its making, character and value as evidence
  • Manorial structures and thier evolution in the period
  • The social stratification of English rural society: slavery, serfdom, free peasants
  • Village communities and the organisation of cultivation
  • Changes in rural organisation and social relations after 1066

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 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