Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment TWO ASSESSED ESSAY OF 4,000 WORDS EACH  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.

Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant historiography of the Early Modern British Isles, including the evolution of an `Archipelagic' perspective since the mid 1970s.

Identify the criteria used by historians for making valid comparisons between the historical experiences of the different countries of the British Isles.

Discuss the interpretative problems and prospects associated with this topic.

Illustrate, analyse and evaluate historical writing concerned with the British Isles in this period in an extended written discussion.

Brief description

The aim of the proposal is to provide students with the opportunity to study the histories of the constituent countries of the British Isles during a formative period of their collective development, and in the light of recent reinterpretations of the British Isles as an `Atlantic Archipelago'. It demonstrates through a series of seminars how the balance of political, religious and cultural influence ebbed and flowed between England and the wider British Isles in successive phases of this period.


This core module will equip students for further study in the early modern period by offering a broad perspective on the history of the British Isles and the relations between its constituent countries, in the light of recent historical interpretations.


Introduction: plus six from:
1. Union with Wales and Kingship in Ireland
2. Spain and the forging of `British' unity in these islands
3. The Wars of the Three Kingdoms
4. Jacobitism and the Scottish problem
5. Religious Radicalism
6. Troubles in Ireland: 1798 and Union

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Seminar discussion and essay writing. The latter is formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar and tutorial discussion; tutors' feedback.
Information Technology Locating some journal articles electronically. Surveying the historiography of the subject using various search tools. Essay-writing and presentation
Personal Development and Career planning Studying the module puts students in direct contact with librarians at the National Library and elsewhere in the course of researching essays and considering research projects undertaken over recent years at NLW and elsewhere in Aberystwyth.
Problem solving Demonstrating an understanding of the nature of a comparative analytical approach, and how this approach can be applied to the study of the constituent countries and cultures of the British Isles across this particular period.
Research skills Mainly concerns the location of secondary material. Assessed through the essays.
Subject Specific Skills Develop a knowledge of, and familiarity with, a broad range of historical writing relating to the inter-relationship between the countries of the `Atlantic Archipelago'.
Team work Seminar work


This module is at CQFW Level 7