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Unit information: The Tudor World in 2023/24

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Unit name The Tudor World
Unit code HIST20119
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Hailwood
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

The Tudor period (1485-1603) has long fascinated both historians and the general public. During this period, England broke with Rome, Wales became fully integrated into the British state, Ireland was suppressed and Scotland brought into amity. At the same time, England as a whole saw new prosperity, with its population doubling and its commercial horizons expanding. By the early seventeenth century Britain had started down the track that would turn it into the world's leading maritime and imperial power. This unit will explore the world the Tudors created: discussing the politics of the period, the social / economic changes and the reasons for our enduring fascination with its events and personalities.

Your learning on this unit

Successful students will be able to:

  1. Examine why the Tudor period has long been regarded as so important.
  2. Analyze the concept of ‘historical reception’ and how the reception of an era and its personalities is shaped.
  3. Evaluate the key historiographical debates surrounding the Reformation, demographic expansion and socio-economic change.
  4. Interpret primary sources and select pertinent evidence in order to illustrate specific and more general historical points
  5. Present their research and judgements in written forms and styles appropriate to the discipline and to level I
  6. Demonstrate skills in oral presentation appropriate to level I.

How you will learn

Classes will involve a combination of long- and short-form lectures, class discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed exercises with tutor and peer feedback.

How you will be assessed

1 x 10-minute Individual Presentation (25%) [ILOs 1, 6]; 1 x Timed Assessment (75%) [ILOs 1-5]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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