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Undergraduate Course: A Crown in Toils: A History of the British Monarchy from James I to Queen Victoria (LLLE07027)

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
SummaryDuring the period from the accession of James I in 1603 until the death of Queen Victoria the British monarchy faced a number of challenges and underwent a profound change. The course will seek to chart the ups and downs of the monarchy during this period including the execution on one monarch and the flight into exile of another, the rivalry between two royal houses (the Stuarts and the Hanoverians), the ┐madness┐ of King George III and extravagance of his sons, and the long reign of Queen Victoria culminating in her hugely popular Silver and Golden Jubilees.
Course description Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Promise Unfulfilled: James VI and I 1603-1625

Week 3: A Drama becomes a Crisis: Charles I and the collapse of the monarchy 1625-1649

Week 4: The Republican experiment: Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth 1649-1660

Week 5: Back with a Vengeance? The Restoration and Charles II 1660-1685

Week 6: James II, William and Mary: ┐The Glorious Revolution┐ and its aftermath 1685--1714

Week 7: The Whig Ascendancy: George I and George II 1714-1760

Week 8: Troubles at home and abroad: George III 1760-1820

Week 9: ┐Prinny┐ and ┐Silly Billy┐: George IV and William IV

Week 10: Rebirth and Renaissance: Victoria, Albert and the emergence of the modern monarchy
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

┐ understand the evolution of the role and functions of the monarchy during the period from the accession of James I to the death of Queen Victoria
┐ assess the personalities, outlook and contribution the monarchs
┐ analyse the key events in the evolution of the monarchy including its short-lived abolition in 1649, The Glorious Revolution of 1688, the accession of the House of Hanover in 1688 and the Great Reform Act of 1832
┐ demonstrate the acquired knowledge and skills in the essay.
Reading List
Jeremy Black, The Hanoverians, the History of a Dynasty, Continuum, 2007
John Miller, The Stuarts, Hambledon, 2006
Stanley Ayling, King George III, Collins, 1972
Barry Coward, The Stuart Age, Longmans, 1980
Christopher Lee, 1603, Review, 2003
Frank O┐Gorman, The Long Eighteenth Century, British Political and Social History, 1688 to 1832, Arnold, 1997.
Lytton Strachey, Queen Victoria, Blue Ribbon Books, 1921
Edward Vallance, The Glorious Revolution, Little Brown, 2006
C. V. Wedgewood, The Trial of Charles I, Collins, 1964
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills ┐ Participating in discussion.
┐ Interpreting and analysing historical information.
┐ Developing and articulating an argument.
┐ Oral communication.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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