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HI31R - The Elizabethan Reformation

  • Module code: HI31R
  • Module name: The Elizabethan Reformation
  • Department: History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module (a Special Subject) will explore the impact and significance of religious developments in England in the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), with the aim of showing how they transformed society, culture and politics at both national and local levels. It was during these decades that England finally became a ‘Protestant country’, though the process was controversial and unstable, producing dissent and rebellion, as well as a fair degree of de facto pluralism and some qualified toleration of difference.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will be expected to engage with the legal, liturgical and doctrinal aspects of this transformation, but also to assess it as a process of cultural transition, involving accommodation and negotiation between rulers and ruled, and between neighbours. The recent historiography of the Elizabethan Reformation (and of its sub-fields like Puritanism and Catholicism) has been particularly lively and contentious, and as the module develops, students will increasingly familiarize themselves with this literature, and demonstrate a capacity to assess it critically. Students will also be introduced to a range of different types of primary source - literary and polemical texts, administrative records of church and state, private letters and memoirs - which students will learn to interrogate and contextualize effectively. It is expected that the majority of the students on the module will deploy the skills and knowledge acquired in the researching and writing of a dissertation linked to the themes of the module.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly seminars.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/undergraduate/modules/hi31r

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HI31R-30)
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 4500 word essay 50%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 50%
V1 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan - Visiting Exchange Term 1 25%
  3000 word essay - Visiting Exchange Term 1 75%
V2 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan - Visiting Exchange Terms 1 & 2 17%
  2000 word essay - Visiting Exchange Terms 1 & 2 33%
  2500 word essay - Visiting Exchange Terms 1 & 2 50%
V8 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan - Visiting Exchange Term 2 25%
  3000 word essay - Visiting Exchange Term 2 75%

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
  • 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