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MO3041   Culture and Mentalities in Early Modern England (c. 1500 - 1800)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

This module explores aspects of English life, behaviour and attitudes in a period of profound social, political, economic, religious and legal change. Topics which may be covered include 'alternative' belief (inc. astrology and witchcraft), technology and the rise of science, environment, local, regional, and national identities, consumption and the world of goods, recreation and leisure, education, literacy and communication, time, space and work, individualism and corporatism, risk and probability, crime and violence, and patterns of punishment. The course has an historiographical component, exploring why and how historians have written about the topics it contains. Using printed or online primary source material and secondary reading will enable students critically to summarise and evaluate scholarly arguments, assess the nature and value of historical debate, and gain insights into the long-lost mental world of this fascinating period.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MO3015

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 13%
Coursework: 27%

Re-assessment: 4,000 - to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof R A Houston