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HI312 - Radicalism in the English Revolution, 1640-1660

  • Module code: HI312
  • Module name: Radicalism in the English Revolution, 1640-1660
  • Department: History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module offers students who have studied The European World 1500-1720 or an early modern option, an opportunity to explore in depth the popular movements and ideas thrown up by the first European revolution. The module explores the popular and radical dimensions of the civil wars and their aftermath. For the first time, ordinary people played an active and visible role in public affairs of national significance, initially through petitions, demonstrations, and riots. Subsequent topics include the issue of popular allegiance, and the impact of the wars on the civilian population. The module’s core, however, lies in the emergence of radical movements, many of them religious in inspiration, mapping out competing models for a new religious, social and political order, among them the millenarian Fifth Monarchists, evangelical Quakers, proto-democratic Levellers, and communist Diggers. The module also examines the most radical phase of mainstream politics- the trial and execution of the king, and establishment of a republic- and the controversial career of Oliver Cromwell, seen by the radicals as both hero and betrayer.

Principal learning outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes: a) The further development of essay-writing and seminar participation skills. b) An understanding of how the critical analysis of sources contributes to historical debate, and a capacity to undertake such analysis; c) An opportunity, for those students that have elected to take the 30 CAT Dissertation option, to develop the skills needed to carry through a project of independent research. This will involve digesting existing historical knowledge, formulating research questions, locating material, handling significant quantities if information, and writing up research findings in a form similar to that employed in articles prepared for academic journals. This exercise provides invaluable preparation for students intending to proceed to postgraduate MA work, and fosters skills highly relevant to the future careers of most History students; d) A capacity to handle evidence of many different kinds, written in unfamiliar language, and the skills of empathy to engage with views of the world far removed from our own.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught through weekly seminars on the individual topics, some focused on the secondary literature, others on the primary sources, with individual tutorial feedback on the two short non-assessed essays, due by week 7 of Terms 1 and 2, and a practice exam. As a third-year student, you are expected to organise your learning more independently, and special subject modules do not include lectures.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/undergraduate/modules/hi312

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HI312-30)
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 4500 word essay 50%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 50%
V3 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T1) - Visiting Exchange Term 1 50%
  2000 word essay (T1) - Visiting Exchange Term 1 50%
V4 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T1) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2 0%
  2000 word essay (T1) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2 50%
  4500 word essay (T2) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2 50%
V5 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T1) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2/3 0%
  2000 word essay (T1) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2/3 25%
  2000 word essay (T2) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2/3 25%
  4500 word essay (T3) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2/3 50%
V6 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T2) - Visiting Exchange Term 2 50%
  2000 word essay (T2) - Visiting Exchange Term 2 50%
V7 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T2) - Visiting Exchange Terms 2/3 0%
  2000 word essay (T2) - Visiting Exchange Terms 2/3 50%
  4500 word essay (T3) - Visiting Exchange Terms 2/3 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate History (V100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History (with Year Abroad) (V101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (with Year Abroad) (VL14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (with Year Abroad) (VM12) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (VR20) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (VR21) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (VR22) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (VR23) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR26) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR27) - Year 4