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Module

HIS2114 : Death, Dying & the Dead in Early Modern England, 1500-1832

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jeremy Boulton
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This course is for the living, but is about death and dying in the past. In a series of lectures and seminars, students will be learning about topics of direct relevance to their personal futures. These include: current sociological theories of death and dying; the demography of death; causes of death; theories surrounding the afterlife; notions of what constituted a ‘good death’; bereavement and commemoration; funerals, graveyards and tombstones. The course involves a short field trip to a local church.

This module aims to examine the social history of death and dying in early modern England; to discuss key anthropological and sociological theories that help to explain how they apply to the historical experience of death and dying; to provide 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; and to provide an opportunity of investigating in depth selected historical problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only; week-by-week topics may be slightly different to the following.

Death and dying: a historical sociology; Death meets the statisticians: the awful truth; Causes of death: epidemics, famines and endemic disease patterns; Purgatory and its abolition: death and the hereafter in England; Good deaths, bad deaths and criminal deaths; Mourning, bereavement and psychological reactions to death; Funerals: Tombstones; The body and its disposal.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable