History Short Period: England in the 16th Century (V1454)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

In this module you're introduced 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. You develop the broad understanding gained in the course “The Early Modern World”, allowing you to continue your study of this period with a more focused and in depth course. You'll be able to explore issues only touched on in your 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. You'll explore elements of cultural, political, religious and social history in the Tudor century, utilising ‘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.

You'll be asked to engage critically with both primary and secondary sources in the course of your studies, questioning some of the predominant assumptions about this controversial period.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: