Module Details

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Title BRITAIN, SPAIN AND THE WAR AGAINST NAPOLEON, 1808-1814
Code HIST423
Coordinator Em P CJ Esdaile
History
Epsom@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 30

Aims

The close reading of a substantial range of secondary sources drawn from a broad range of different genres;

The exploration of the concept of othering;

The manipulation of a variety of primary sources (e.g. memoirs, diaries and collections of correspondence) of a sort that are likely to be vital to the writing of the dissertation;

The development of the techniques needed to write extended pieces of work.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

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

(LO3) The acquisition of a detailed knowledge of the Peninsular War of 1808-14, and of the problems in military alliances arising from social, cultural and political differences.

(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

 

Topics covered by the module will include:

Britain’s strategic situation in 1808;

Ancien regime Spain;

The Spanish uprising against Napoleon;

The British decision to send troops to the Iberian Peninsula;

The British and Spanish armies;

The battles and other military operations of the Peninsular War;

The emergence of the Constitution of 1812;

The ever-greater tensions that beset the Anglo-Spanish alliance.

Delivery will consist of eleven three-hour seminars, each of which will feature a presentation by the module convenor and an extended discussion of a variety of relevant primary sources.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1 - seminar.
Delivery will consist of eleven three-hour seminars, each of which will feature a presentation by the module convenor and an extended discussion of a variety of relevant primary sources.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   33

        33
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 267
TOTAL HOURS 300

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
Essay 2. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3000 words    50       
Essay 1. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3000 words    50       

Recommended Texts

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