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Undergraduate Course: Trade, Plunder and Planters in Jamaica, 1655-1713 (ECSH10008)

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
SummaryThis course examines the economic and social development of Jamaica between its capture by the English in 1655 and the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.
Course description The course examines how the English shaped the economic and social development of Jamaica after its capture in 1655 and what this reveals about the aspirations, achievements and consequences of early modern colonial expansion. Class topics include the Western Design, the economics of piracy and privateering, contraband trade, slavery, the development of a plantation society, and the problems faced in the wars of 1689-1713. The course makes heavy use of primary sources (including official correspondence, diaries, private letters, and statistical data). It challenges students to engage more directly with the past than is possible in a survey course and provides an insight into the nature, uses, and pitfalls of the various types of material used by historians.
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, PTs 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 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  43
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 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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
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
J. H. Bennet, Cary Helyar, merchant and planter of seventeenth century Jamaica, WMQ (1986)
R. Dunn, Sugar and Slaves (1972)
D. Eltis, New estimates of exports from Barbados and Jamaica, 1655-1701, WMQ (1995)
M. Pawson and D. Buisseret, Port Royal, Jamaica (1975)
C. Pestana, Early English Jamaica without pirates, WMQ (2014)
E. Rugemer, The development of mastery and race in the comprehensive slave codes of the Greater Caribbean in the seventeenth century, WMQ (2013)
A. P. Thornton, West India Policy Under the Restoration (1956)
N. Zahedieh, Trade, plunder and economic development in early English Jamaica, 1655-1689, Economic History Review, (1986)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsTrade Plunder and Planters
Course organiserProf Nuala Zahedieh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3836
Course secretaryMiss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501
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