Undergraduate Course: Trade, Plunder and Planters in Jamaica, 1655-1713 (ECSH10008)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the economic and social development of Jamaica between its capture by the English in 1655 and the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.
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)
||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: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: 3,000 word essay (25%)
Exam: 2 hour paper (75%)
||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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- 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;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|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)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Trade Plunder and Planters
|Course organiser||Prof Nuala Zahedieh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3836
|Course secretary||Miss Katy Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780