Module Information

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

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 hour
Seminars / Tutorials Seminar.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 2,500 word essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   70%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Identify and explain the key historiographical debates concerning the role of plague in effecting change in late medieval society.
b) Demonstrate their knowledge of a range of historical processes relevant to the social and economic history of medieval England and Wales.
c) Reflect critically on historical arguments associated with the impact of plague on medieval society and linked issues.
d) Analyse and evaluate a range of primary sources related to the society of later medieval England and Wales.
e) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence.
f) Develop and sustain historical arguments - in both oral (not assessed) and written work.
g) Work both independently and collaboratively whilst being able to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

This module will introduce, by way of close discussion of the Black Death, important aspects of the political, social, and economic history of fourteenth and fifteenth century England and Wales. Comparison of the experience of European countries will also be made. The module will present students with the opportunity, through essays and seminars, to tackle such issues as historical causality, and attention will be given to the different explanations which historians have offered in attempting to accommodate the devastating impact of plague within their own models of change or continuity in late medieval England and Wales. Students, while developing their own skills of presentation and argument, will also be encouraged to discuss historians? use of sources and methodologies.


This module is at CQFW Level 4