Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Not offered in 2016


From 1485 the English crown consolidated its authority within its own realm and sought to further its domination over other parts of the British Isles. The reign of Elizabeth I saw England become a major naval power with imperial pretensions in the Americas and elsewhere. The dramatic transformations that the country experienced, including a religious revolution and the creation of a short-lived republic, will be studied with close attention to documentary sources and the art and literature of the time, including the plays of Shakespeare. The unit will conclude with the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 which set the scene for the creation of an English-dominated Great Britain in 1707.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have an understanding of the history of early modern England.
  2. Have an understanding of the complex relationships between social, political and cultural change.
  3. Be familiar with the methodology of social and cultural historians and develop appropriate research skills in these areas.
  4. Have improved oral and written communication skills.
  5. Have experience of working with a range of textual and visual historical resources
  6. In addition to the above, students undertaking the unit at level three will have demonstrated the ability to conceive and complete an independent research project


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.