Module Details

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Code HIST518
Coordinator Dr MJ Costambeys
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


This module introduced students to the study of European history and historiography from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period (c. 800 – 1700).  Students will develop and apply the generic research skills gained in other sections of the programme to specific texts and issues and gain further research skills specific to the study of medieval and early modern European history and culture. Students will gain a detailed and deeper understanding of the relationship and development of European notions of time, power, and the construction of meaning at all levels of society during the period.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A systematic knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of key themes and approaches in the study of medieval and early modern history and culture.

(LO2) An ability to engage with current historiographical and theoretical debates appropriate to MA level in an informed, analytical and critical manner.

(LO3) An ability to interpret and evaluate a diverse range of primary source material critically and emphatically, while addressing questions of content, genre, authorship, and audience.

(LO4) The acquisition of practical academic skills, demonstrated through task-based activities including compiling a bibliography, writing and discussing essays, adopting correct citation practice, leading workshops and giving oral presentations.

(LO5) The acquisition of research-related skills such as literature searches, formulating and evaluating research questions and strategies, the ability to gather, select and organise large quantities of evidence and the critical reading of texts.

(LO6) An ability to develop arguments that systematically and creatively organise, synthesise and present clearly large bodies of historical and literary material in written and oral form.

(S1) Good time-keeping and readiness to accept responsibility

(S2) Team-working, respect for others reasoned views, flexibility and adaptability

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information

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

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

(S6) Positive attitude, appropriate assertiveness, initiative and self-direction

(S7) Planning and organisational skills

(S8) Understanding, intellectual integrity and being sensitive to different cultures

(S9) Empathy and imaginative insight



Possible seminar topics include:

Images of the past;

Troy and romance: Chaucer’s Troilus and Chriseyde;

The Gesta episcoporum;


Biography, medieval and modern;

The medieval charter;

Print, public opinion and political consciousness: The Libel;

News in print in the English Revolution.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Seminar
Description: The module will be taught via weekly 1.5 OR two-weekly 3-hour seminars. Strategies employed include presentations by teaching staff and students, group discussion and small-group work.
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description: One-to-one feedback on written work will be provided.
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided

Self-Directed Learning Description: Preparatory reading, reading seminar and tutorial notes, research and writing assessments, revision

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   24


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 124


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 2  4000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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