Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: history
Prerequisites: 2000 level history course
|Early Modern England 1485-1714||R. Bucholz & N. Kay||Blackwell|
|Sources and Debates in English History (2/e)||N. Kay & R. Bucholz||Blackwell|
Course Objectives: History courses develop students’ knowledge of how past events influence today’s society and help them understand how human beings view themselves. (1) Students acquire a perspective on history and an understanding of the factors that shape human activity. (2) Students display knowledge about the origins and nature of contemporary issues and develop a foundation for future comparative understanding. (3) Students think, speak, and write critically about primary and secondary historical sources by examining diverse interpretations of past events and ideas in their historical contexts.
Course Content: This course examines the tumultuous and rapid changes in the religious, political, social and economic life of Britain in the period between 1485 and 1714, including the religious transformation from Catholicism to Protestantism; the growth of a capitalist economy, and the English Civil War. The Tudor-Stuart period was also one of important cultural developments. Throughout we will aim to understand the goals and aspirations of Britain's rulers as well as the British people.
Method of Presentation: A mixture of lecture and discussion.
Method of Evaluation: class participation -- 30% midterm -- 15% 2 papers (5-7 pgs. eac) -- 15% each (30% total) final exam -- 25%