Module Information

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

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 X 2,500 WORD ESSAYS  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   60%

Learning Outcomes

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

a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge in the field of the political history of the British Isles 1603-88
b) Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of contemporary political concepts, and their relationship to religious and social experience
c) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of historical techniques relevant to the interpretation of political behaviour in 17th-century society
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts, in particular the large and varied body of printed books and pamphlets collected by the bookseller George Thomason during the period 1640-60
f) Explore the relationships between history and other disciplines, particularly political science, literary criticism
g) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
h) Develop oral (not assessed) and written skills which will have been improved through seminar discussions and essays
i) Work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

This option module provides a broad coverage of the complex, exciting and lastingly influential events which dominated the history of the British Isles in the central decades of the 17th century. The approach adopted is that followed by the most recent accounts of the subject, which in recent years have laid much emphasis on placing the English Civil War, or the 'English Revolution', in its wider 'British' context. The module will explore therefore the relationships not only between Westminster and the English or Welsh county communities, but also between religious and political communities in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England during the 17th century as a whole.

Reading List

Recommended Text
M. Bennett (1997) The Civil Wars in Britain and Ireland 1638-1651 Primo search S.G. Ellis, & S. Barber (eds.) (1995) Conquest and Union : Fashioning a British State 1485-1725 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6