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Undergraduate Course: Popular Culture and Belief in Britain, 1560-1640 (ECSH10017)

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 and cultural history of Britain in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It investigates the values, attitudes and mentalities of the men, women and children who made up the majority of the population in England, Scotland and Wales. It is concerned to analyse the causes and consequences of the momentous developments that defined this era, such as the Reformation, the emergence of a popular press, and the rise of the Shakespearean stage. It probes the nature of beliefs about the natural and supernatural world that led to faith in 'cunning folk' and fear of witches.
Course description The course aims to interrogate and evaluate the nature of belief systems and mental frameworks in Britain during the period between the Reformations and the Civil War. The topics covered include: oral traditions and vernacular culture; education and literacy; cheap print; leisure and recreation; the theatre; medical beliefs and practices; popular religion; and witchcraft. The course fills an important place in the History honours curriculum by providing an overview of popular 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 Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503767).
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:  42
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 3,000 words due in week 8 of the semester (25% of overall assessment).
One examination paper of two hours undertaken in the summer diet, comprising two essay questions (75% of overall 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
Fox, A., Oral and Literate Culture in England 1500-1700 (2000)
Gurr, A., The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642 (3rd edn., 1992)
Harris, T. (ed.), Popular Culture in England, c.1500-1850 (1995)
Hutton, R., The Rise and Fall of Merry England (1994)
Raymond, J (ed.), The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture: Volume 1 (2011)
Reay, B. (ed.), Popular Culture in Seventeenth-Century England (1985)
Sharpe, J. A, Early Modern England: A Social History, 1550-1760 (2nd edn. 1997)
Thomas, K., Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971)
Thomas, K., Man and the Natural World (1983)
Todd, M., The Culture of Protestantism in Early Modern Scotland (2002)
Whyte, I. D., Scotland Before the Industrial Revolution (1995)
Wrightson, K., English Society, 1580-1680 (1982)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Sessions run 2.00pm-3.30pm, not standard University teaching period.
KeywordsPopular Culture
Course organiserDr Adam Fox
Tel: (0131 6)50 3835
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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