History Short Period: England in the 16th Century

Module code: V1454
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination

This module introduces students to the Tudor century in England, from 1485-1603, with a focus on England’s place in European politics and movements, and in an increasingly global world. It develops the broad understanding gained in the course “The Early Modern World”, allowing students to continue their study of this period with a more focused and in depth course. Students will be able to explore issues only touched on in their previous studies, as well as encountering entirely new material. At the turn of the sixteenth century, England was a war-torn backwater, by the end, it had established a national identity and the foundations of a global empire. This module will explore elements of cultural, political, religious and social history in the Tudor century, utilizing ‘case studies’ of individuals, families, communities and artefacts in order to demonstrate the scale of the change that took place over the course of this century. Students will be asked to engage critically with both primary and secondary sources in the course of their studies, questioning some of the predominant assumptions about this controversial period.

Module learning outcomes

  • Relate a topic of broad historical significance to the national history of a particular country or region.
  • Reflect on the historical concept of change over time.
  • Appreciate the importance of historiographical debates related to particular national histories.
  • Apply broad historical knowledge to a particular debate or question.