Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Seals in Their Context in Medieval England and Wales
Academic Year
Semester 2
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Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x documentary analysis (1,500 words)  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x essay (1,500 words)  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x project (5000 words)  60%
Supplementary Assessment (resit) 1 x documentary analysis (1,500 words)  20%
Supplementary Assessment (resit) 1 x essay (1,500 words)  20%
Supplementary Assessment (resit) 1 x project (5000 words)  60%

Brief description

In the most ordinary sense, seals were used in the middle ages in order to authenticate documents and provide evidence to the carrying out of some act, their presence a mark of security and proof. Beyond this rather bland but still significant definition however lurks a source-type which throws open all sorts of opportunities for the medieval historian, offering insights into a range of themes, all of which are in different ways enlivened by the study of seals. These include consideration of the choice individuals made in their seal designs and the information this might offer us to a range of attitudes and beliefs. The module will build upon the uniqeue opportunity afforded by the AHRC-funded, `Seals in medieval Wales? project, now in its final year. The Aberystwyth team will divide their teaching in the module, each taking themes relevant to their own research and exploring them using the available project and related material. The end of the module will also coincide with the launch of an exhibition on medieval seals, organised by the project and to be held at NLW from April 2012. If the module is taught in future years, the project'r resources and the exhibition catalogue will also be available.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Oral and written communication skills will be developed through seminars and feedback on written work. Literary skills will be assessed through written assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Written work will be returned in tutorials where advice will be given on improving students’ research techniques and essay writing skills.
Information Technology Students will be required to locate primary and secondary source materials through library and on-line sources. Students will be encouraged to word-process their assessed work and handouts for presentations. Likewise, students will be expected to use IT in their presentations.
Personal Development and Career planning This module will help develop oral and written skills. Other activities, including research, assessment of information and writing in a clear manner, will further develop useful skills of analysis and presentation.
Problem solving Students will be required to locate and assess primary source materials. Assessed through written assignments and presentations.
Research skills Students will be required to carry out research for seminars and written work. The latter will be assessed though written assignments and presentations.
Subject Specific Skills This module will develop a knowledge of how seals can be explored in a range of contexts and how their study will present new opportunities for historians of the middle ages; the multi-disciplinary aspects (art historical, linguistic, historical) of this will be developed in the module.
Team work Students will collaborate during seminar activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 6