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Modules

HIS2123 : The Family, Sex and Society in Early Modern England (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module will provide an overview of the major themes and trends in the social and cultural history of Early Modern England. It will introduce you to some of the key methodologies which historians use to study family life in past societies (from demographic statistics to personal accounts) and will cover a range of topics, from courtship, sex and marriage, to the history of marital breakdown, the debate surrounding the ‘invention’ of childhood in the eighteenth century, the history of gender and sexuality, and how families were represented in early modern art and literature. The module will be taught through a combination of illustrated lectures, seminars and workshops, and there will be the opportunity to engage with primary source material through small-group work.

The aims of this module are:
• To provide an introductory overview of the major themes and trends in the social and cultural history of Early Modern England. The module will introduce some of the key methodologies which historians use to study family life in past societies (from demographic statistics to personal accounts).
• To provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography as well as an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject, reading widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with it.
• To develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Each week’s lecture will introduce a new concept or theme in relation to the module outline, with seminars complementing and developing the lecture, with the opportunity wherever possible to study primary source material (in reprinted form). Workshops develop study skills and introduce students to working with online resources, including the records of the Old Bailey. Lectures may cover the following themes:

Family size and structure
Courtship
Sex and marriage
Pauper families
Power and politics: elite families
Men and honour
Women and reputation
The invention of childhood?
Marital breakdown
Gender and sexuality
Sexual subcultures
Family life and material culture
Representing families in art and print

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture191:0019:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion661:0066:0040% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading661:0066:0040% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study321:0032:0020% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.

Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability. Workshops develop computer literacy skills and enable students to find authoritative online learning resources, as well as providing in-depth guided study of primary sources. The surgery invites individual guidance and advice tailored to suit students’ particular needs.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M25Essay (2000 words, excluding bibliography, including footnotes)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress.

Documentary commentary exercises and examinations test knowledge and understanding of the texts set for the module.

Ability to compare and contrast related source texts on a common subject.

Ability to expound and criticize a textual extract lucidly, succinctly and with relevance in a relatively brief space, and, in an exam, under pressure of time.

The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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