Undergraduate Course: Early Modern English Witchcraft (HIST10261)
|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 looks at the phenomenon of witchcraft in England between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries from a variety of perspectives.
We look at what witchcraft meant for contemporaries from differing backgrounds, at the sort of stories that were likely to believed and which not, at the relationship between religion and understandings of witchcraft, at possession and exorcism, at witchcraft and theatre and at the reasons for the repeal of the act which allowed the prosecution of people perceived as witches. Throughout this questions of gender will be implicit and some sessions will be devoted explicitly to address questions of why 90% of those persecuted as witches were women.
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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
2,000 words historiographical essay (40%)
3,000 words essay engaging with primary source(s) (60%)
||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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- 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.
|The choice of textbooks for this course are James Sharpe, Instruments of Darkness: Witchcraft in England 1550-1750 (1996) or, for those less familiar with the period and place, James Sharpe, Witchcraft in Early Modern England (2001)|
The following are also helpful:
Jonathan Barry, Marianne Hester & Gareth Roberts (eds), Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe: studies in culture and belief (1998)
Stuart Clark (ed), Languages of Witchcraft: narrative, ideology and meaning in early modern culture (2001)
Marion Gibson, Reading Witchcraft: stories of early English witches 1999)
Darren Oldridge (ed), The Witchcraft Reader (2002)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Tom Webster
Tel: (0131 6)50 3763
|Course secretary||Miss Clara Burns
Tel: (0131 6)50 4459