ATS3589 - Uniting the Kingdoms? Conflict and identity in Britain 1066-1660 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kathleen Neal


Dr Kathleen Neal

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.




The unit examines political change in the British Isles, from the arrival of the Normans in 1066 to the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, and the social and cultural shifts that accompanied it. The dramatic transformations that the country experienced, including a foreign conquest, several civil conflicts, 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. We will examine how the cultural realm reflected, interacted with, and commented on the political. The unit will conclude with the restoration of the monarchy which set the scene for the creation of an English-dominated Great Britain in 1707.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. explain key elements of the history of medieval and early modern Britain;
  2. analyse the complex relationships between social, political and cultural change;
  3. apply the methods of social and cultural historians and appropriate research skills in these areas;
  4. utilise well-developed oral and written communication skills;
  5. critically engage with a range of textual and visual historical resources;
  6. 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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