Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture Lectures: 18 x 50 minutes (2 per week)
Seminars / Tutorials Seminars: 5 x 100 minutes (1 per fortnight)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester Assessment  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Semester Examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment  Student should submit any failed or incomplete written work  40%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Supplementary Examination  student must resit failed element  60%

Brief description

The fourteenth century was one of the most turbulent in English history: conflict within Britain, war with France, famine, disease, rebellion and regicide. But it also witnessed the development of parliament, significant social change and the virtual end of serfdom, and a flowering of vernacular literature. This module will address a number of key issues and questions relating to the period. Was it an ‘Age of Chivalry’? How did peasants cope with famine and men and women react to the death of half their neighbours? Did people really care about the military exploits of kings and nobles? What led labourers and craftsmen to behead an archbishop and threaten a king?

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework and written examination; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be encouraged to word-process their work and make use of Blackboard. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a range of transferable skills, including time management and communication skills, which may help them identify their personal strengths as they consider potential career paths.
Problem solving Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems and to undertake appropriate research for seminars and the essays.
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework and the written examination.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop an awareness of appropriate sources the and historical literature associated with the study of fourteenth-century society.
Team work Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities


This module is at CQFW Level 6