|| GG36020 |
|| THE HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE |
|| 2006/2007 |
|| Professor Robert A Dodgshon |
|| Semester 1 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 20 Hours. 10 x 2 hour |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 2 Hours. Seminar. 2 x 1 hour seminars |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Written (seen) examination.||50%|
|Semester Assessment|| Project Work: 3000 word project on a designated section of the module. Work submitted after the deadline set for the essay, without prior approval for late submission from the scheme tutor, Dr. Mark Whitehead, will be classed as 0%.||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| Resit: For a condoned (medical grounds) non-completion of examination or coursework involves the completion of the missing component(s) for the full range of marks on dates set in the Supplementary Examination period. Resit due to aggregate failure or non-completion of part of the assessment requires re-examination of each component if marks of <40% in both were obtained, or re-examination or re-submission of the failed component (examination or assignment(s) to obtain a maximum mark of 40% for the module).||50%|
On completion of this module, you will (i) have a grasp of the different stages through which the development of the British rural landscape has passed, (ii) have a basic understanding of the different processes and events through which this development can be interpreted, (iii) acquire experience in handling, evaluating and cross-matching qualitatively different types of evidence and (v) experience in dealing with both the intellectual and methodological aspects of debates that embrace sharply-conflicting viewpoints.
The module will introduce students to the geographical patterns and processes around which the long-term development of the British countryside has been structured. It will develop the student's understanding of change particularly the interaction between the forces of continuity and discontinuity. In addition, it will demonstrate the importance of seeing the core problems of the course through different types of evidence (documentary, cartographic, place names, field-based, photographic) and as a product of different type of processes (social, economic, political and environmental).
The course will be organised around the following themes:
Early Britain: Continuity-Discontinuity debate.
Medieval Settlement and Landholding in Lowland Britain: Village origins, settlement shifts, regular villages, open fields and desertions.
Medieval Settlements and Landholding in Upland Britain: Wales, northern England and Scotland.
Trends in the Countryside 1086-1350: Growth and Contraction.
Changes in Key Habitats: Woods, Wetlands and Heath.
Changes in the Rural Landscape of Lowland Britain since 1500.
Changes in the Rural Landscape of Upland Britain since 1500.
** General Text
Aston, M. (ed.) (1997) Interpreting the Landscape
Dodgshon, R.A. and Butlin, R.A.(eds) (1990) An Historical Geography of England and Wales
Academic Press, chaps. 1,3,4,7,17. 0122192532
Hodges, R. (1991) Wall-to-Wall History. The Story of Royston Grange
Hooke, D. (ed.) (2001) Landscape: the Richest Historical Record, (esp. chaps. 3-7 and 9)
Rackham, O. (1986) The History of the Countryside
Rackham, O. The Illustrated History of the Countryside
Rippon, S. (2004) Historic Landscape Analysis. Deciphering the Countryside
Roberts, B.K. (1987) The Making of the English Village
Taylor, C. (1983) Farmstead and Village
Thirsk, J. (ed.) (2000) Rural England: An Illustrated History of the Landscape
This module is at CQFW Level 6