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MO4807   Mary, Queen of Scots, France, England and Ireland

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the second year of the Honours Programme.

Planned timetable: Wednesday a.m.

Mary, Queen of Scots, has been controversial for five hundred years: the resulting mass of source material (including a wealth of original items right here in St Andrews) makes her an excellent topic for a special subject. Taking a chronological approach to the reign, we will examine both Scotland during Mary's minority and her political training in France before commencing a detailed thematic examination of the different facets of her personal rule in Scotland, her downfall, and execution. Although our focus will be on Scotland Mary was of course Queen of France and (in the eyes of Catholic Europe) rightful Queen of England too. Accordingly, we will also consider the ways in which Mary's actions and those of her powerful Guise kin affected life and France, and the anxious observation taking place from south of the border.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 hr Seminars (22 Weeks), 3 hr Fieldwork (2 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 534

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Written Examination = 30%, Coursework = 70%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 30%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 70%

Re-assessment: New Coursework: 1 x source exercise (2,500 words) and 1 x 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr A L Blakeway
Module teaching staff: Dr Amy Blakeway