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Undergraduate Course: The Normans in Eleventh-Century Europe (HIST10262)

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 will focus on key historical developments in eleventh-century Europe, and on the role in them of the Normans, viz. the differing experiences of kings in different parts of Europe, the nature of lordly power, the opportunities for aristocratic conquests and colonization, reform of the church, and the rise of the crusading movements.
Course description This course focuses on the development of the duchy of Normandy from its foundations c. 900 until c. 1150. It draws on translations of available primary source material including annals, chronicles and histories, charters, hagiographies and miracle stories, as well as visual sources such as the Bayeux Tapestry and medieval architecture. The topics covered in the course include: The Modern historiography of the Normans; The Carolingians and the foundations of Normandy; Normandy Before 1066: The Norman Church, ducal power, and regional identity; William the Conqueror and the invasion of England; The Normans in Scotland and Wales, c. 1055-1135; Southern Italy and Sicily before the Normans; The Normans in Southern Italy and Sicily; The Normans and the First Crusade; The Normans in Spain, Byzantium and Antioch; Medieval Ethnic Identities: Gens Normannorum: a race of conquerors?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
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 **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 500 word article analysis (10%)
1 x 1000 word source criticism (15%)
1 x 'learning log' consisting of weekly seminar posts of 200 words (10 x 200 words = 2000 words) (25%)
1 x 3000 word essay (50%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
1. BATES, D., Normandy before 1066 (London, 1982)
2. BATES, D., 'The Rise and Fall of Normandy c. 911-1204', in England and Normandy in the Middle Ages, ed. D. Bates and A. Curry (London, 1994)
3. BROWN, R. A., The Normans (Woodbridge, 1994)
4. CHIBNALL, Marjorie., The Normans (Oxford, 2000)
5. CROUCH, David. The Normans. The History of a Dynasty (London, 2004)
6. DOUGLAS, D. C., The Norman Achievement (London, 1969)
7. DOUGLAS, D.C., The Norman Fate (London, 1976)
8. DOUGLAS, D.C., Time and the Hour, collected essays (London, 1977)
9. HASKINS, C. H., The Normans in European History (Boston and New York, 1915)
10. HASKINS, C.H., Norman Institutions (Cambridge, Mass., 1925)
11. LE PATOUREL, J., The Norman Empire (Oxford, 1976)
12. SEARLE, E., Predatory Kinship and the Creation of Norman Power, 840-1066 (Berkeley, 1988)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr William Aird
Tel: (0131 6)50 9968
Course secretaryMr Jonathan Donnelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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