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Undergraduate Course: Popular Culture and Belief in Britain, 1560-1640 (ECSH10017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is taught over one semester in 24 class hours, made up of twice weekly 1.5 hour sessions over 8 weeks. The first session of each week is a relatively informal lecture and the second is based on a short student presentation followed by discussion. The course is concerned with popular mentalities, beliefs and attitudes in England and Scotland in the later sixteenth and early seventeenth centureis. Its aim is to examine the ways in which ordinary men and women lived their lives and conceived of their world. Though concerned with a study of society in the round, the main focus is on the experience of those people below the level of the wealthy and educated elite yeomen and husbandmen, craftsmen and women, tradespeople and artisans, labourers and paupers. Themes covered include oral traditions; education and literacy; popular literature; leisure and recreation; popular theatre; popular medicine; religion and witchcraft.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Society and Culture in Britain, 1560-1640 (ECSH10015)
Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 3000 words which will count as 25% of the final assessment.

One two-hour degree exam which will count as 75% of the final assessment.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
- At the end of the course, students should have a strong understanding of the early modern period as a formative and crucial one in shaping some of the developments with which they may be familiar from their study of later centuries.
- Students will gain an appreciation of the ways in which, and with what success, historians have reconstructed the experience of that majority of the population below the level of the social elite at a time when few of them had the ability to record their thoughts and feelings directly.
- Students will have been encouraged to consider some of the issues and the methods which currently concern historians of culture and which are now at the leading edge of research and writing.
- Student-led seminars are intended to develop the presentation and verbal skills of participating students.
- Written assignments are intended to develop the literary skills of students and their ability to construct coherent argument and analysis.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Sessions run 2.00pm-3.30pm, not standard University teaching period.
KeywordsPopular Culture
Course organiserDr Adam Fox
Tel: (0131 6)50 3835
Course secretaryMrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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