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Undergraduate Course: Community and Society in Britain, 1560-1640 (ECSH10016)

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 explores the social history of Britain in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It looks at the structure of society in terms of status, gender and age relations and investigates the village communities and small towns in which most people lived. It emphasises the changing nature of daily life in England, Scotland and Wales during a period of significant economic growth and social transformation.
Course description The course aims to investigate the experience of the men, women and children who lived in Britain during the period from the accession of Elizabeth I in England and the Reformation in Scotland, through until the Civil Wars of the 1640s. The topics covered include: the nature of 'Britain'; the social order; rural communities; urban life; crime and law; popular protest; family life; and the role of women. The course fills an important place in the History honours curriculum by providing an overview of society and culture in early modern Britain. It utilises a range of primary source material and draws upon the rich historiography produced in this important and exciting field over the last generation.
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, PTs are asked to contact the History Honours 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
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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
Clay, C. G. A., Economic Expansion and Social Change: England 1500-1700 (2 vols., 1984)
Fletcher, A. and Stevenson J., Order and Disorder in Early Modern England (1985)
Griffiths, P., Fox, A. and Hindle, S. (eds.), The Experience of Authority in Early Modern England (1996)
Houston, R. A. and Whyte, I. D. (eds.), Scottish Society 1500-1800 (1989)
Jones, J. G., Early Modern Wales, c.1525-1640 (1994)
Sharpe, J. A, Early Modern England: A Social History, 1550-1760 (2nd edn. 1997)
Smout, T. C., A History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830 (1969)
Underdown, D., Revel, Riot and Rebellion: Popular Politics and Culture in England, 1603-1660 (1985)
Whyte, I. D., Scotland Before the Industrial Revolution (1995)
Williams, G., Renewal and Reformation: Wales, c.1415-1642 (1993)
Wrightson, K., English Society, 1580-1680 (1982)
Wrightson, K., Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain (2000)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsCommunity & Soc
Course organiserDr Adam Fox
Tel: (0131 6)50 3835
Course secretaryMs Caroline Grevers
Tel: (0131 6 )51 1196
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