Module Details

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Title VIKINGS IN IRELAND
Code HIST304
Coordinator Dr C Downham
Institute of Irish Studies
C.Downham@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To explore key problems in the interpretation of the Viking world;

To acquaint students with the range of primary and secondary sources used to analyse Ireland in the Viking Age;

To familiarize students with a range of perspectives on medieval history, and challenge them to broaden their chronological and conceptual assumptions.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primarysources.

(LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

(LO3) An ability to explain the significance of Vikings in Ireland within the broader phenomenon of the ''Viking Age''.

(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

 

Lectures covering a range of topics including:

Irish society at the eve of the Viking age;

The arrival of the Vikings;

Sources for the study of Vikings in Ireland;

Viking settlement and economy;

Urbanisation and political organisation;

Religion;

Viking politics 914-980;

Vikings in Irish literature;

Eleventh century developments;

The end of Viking Ireland.

Seminars develop the students’ ability to engage in key historical debates concerning the Vikings in Ireland; discern ideological undercurrents and methodologies which have influenced scholarship; and interpret primary sources, either as text, image or material object.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: The lectures introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates and provide the context for the in-depth discussions of key texts in the seminars.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: Seminars will focus on detailed discussions of case studies, historical evidence and questions derived from readings in primary sources, and will also encourage the development of close reading skills and the use of on-line sources.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Seminars provide an opportunity for group discussion of selected materials


Teaching Schedule

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

6

        17
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 133
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Final Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2500 words    85       
Bibliography There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -500 words    15       

Recommended Texts

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