Module Details

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Title THE VIKINGS
Code HIST262
Coordinator Dr MJ Costambeys
History
Costa@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To inculcate a knowledge of the history of Europe (broadly defined) in relation to Viking activity in the eighth to eleventh centuries CE;

To consider processes of settlement, political change and identity formation;

To learn critical skills necessary for approaching different categories of historical evidence and their sensitivities.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

(LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

(LO3) Critical engagement with the main categories of source material for the Viking age in Britain and Ireland, and identification of their problems and limitations.

(LO4) An understanding of the kinds of activity in the early middle ages that we associate with the term ‘viking’, and a critical appreciation of the evidence for it.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression


Syllabus

 

The lecture programme (eleven 1-hour lectures) offers a broad survey of so-called ‘viking’ activity across the piece, considering: how can we define ‘vikings’ and ‘the viking age’?; the origins and beginnings of viking activity; vikings in North-West England; vikings in North-East England (the ‘Danelaw’); vikings in Francia; vikings in Scotland; vikings in Ireland; the Irish Sea region in the tenth and eleventh century; vikings in the Atlantic and the East; ‘viking’ archaeology; the end of the viking age (1066 and all that).

The seminar programme (six 1-hour seminars and two 2-hour seminars) focuses on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module: contemporary perceptions of the vikings; place name and linguistic evidence; the vikings and the making of England; the material remains of the viking age; Scandinavian settlement and identity and modern genetics; modern perceptions of the vikings.
The last two seminars will give students the opportunity to present their analyses of especially significant texts or artefacts.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: The lectures will provide a programmatic overview of major developments in Britain and Ireland in the Viking Age, an introduction to the source material, and an outline of the historiographical issues that the sources raise.
Attendance Recorded: Yes.

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: The seminars will broaden understanding through general discussion, small group work, structured debates. Seminars will focus on the evaluation of primary source material.
Attendance Recorded: Yes.

Skill / other attribute 1:
Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.
How this is developed:
Planning for and participating in seminars; coursework.

Skill / other attribute 2:
The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion.
How this is developed:
Seminar discussion.

Skill / other attribute 3:
Gathering, analysing and organisi ng information, including online and digital resources.
How this is developed:
Planning for and participating in seminars; coursework.

Skill / other attribute 4:
Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.
How this is developed:
Practiced in seminars.

Skill / other attribute 5:
Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression.
How this is developed:
Coursework.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11

10

        21
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 129
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Exam There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  2 hours    85       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Presentation There is a resit opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment.  5 minutes    15       

Recommended Texts

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