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Undergraduate Course: The Stuarts: Rise & Fall of a Dynasty (LLLE07019)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

The 17th century saw the establishment of strong and increasingly centralised royal authority in many European countries. The key aim of the course is to understand why this did not happen in Britain, through exploring the nature of kingship in Britain under the four 17th-century Stuart kings and assessing the challenges they faced.
Course description Content of course
1. Introduction and Course Review
2. An Imperfect Union: Britain in 1603
3. Promise Unfulfilled: James VI and I 1603-1625
4. A Drama becomes a Crisis: Charles I and the collapse of the monarchy 1625-1649
5. Credit students┐ oral presentations and submission of essay plan.
6. The Republican experiment: Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth 1649-1660
7. Back with a Vengeance? The Restoration and Charles II 1660-1685
8. The end of the line: James II and ┐The Glorious Revolution┐ 1685-1690
9. The New Regime: William, Mary, Anne and the Hanoverian succession 1690-1714
10. The Stuarts in Exile: The Old Pretender and Bonnie Prince Charlie 1690-1746
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
┐ understand the personalities, ambitions and impact of the four Stuart kings of Great Britain;
┐ assess the major political, religious and constitutional themes in British history during the seventeenth century;
┐ examine the issues that led to the Civil War and the republic, and why the Stuarts were recalled in 1660;
┐ understand the background to and key events of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, and both the appeal and the shortcomings of the Stuart dynasty in exile;
┐ demonstrate the acquired knowledge and skills in their essay and the unseen assignment.
Reading List
Coward, B., 1980. The Stuart Age. London: Longmans.
Lee, C., 2003. 1603: A Turning Point in British History. London: Headline Review.
Vallance, E., 2006. The Glorious Revolution. New York: Little Brown.
Wedgewood, C. V., 1964. The Trial of Charles I. New York: Collins.
Bennett, M., 1997. The Civil Wars in Britain and Ireland 1638-1651. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Bryant, A., 1931. King Charles II. London: Longmans.
Fraser, A., 1997. Cromwell, Our Chief of Men. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Gregg, P., 2001. King Charles I. Sheffield: Phoenix Press.
Stewart, A., 2003. The Cradle King: A life of James VI and I. London: Chatto and Windus.
Turner, R. C., 1948. James II. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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