Saints And Sinners HIST4023

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will consider both official expectations and popular religious behaviour in the period from the Reformation to the Civil Wars of the 1650s.


Tuesday and Friday 11am - 12noon

Requirements of Entry

Admission to honours in history


One essay (1500-2000 words in length) one seminar paper, one seminar presentation, 1 x 2hr exam in April/May diet

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows:
1. the development of the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years.
2. awareness of previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options.
3. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness.
4. familiarity with complex historical debates and interpretations, skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research.
5. the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving teamwork.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1. appreciate the significance of popular religion to an understanding of early modern England, and be able to critique alternative interpretations of the Protestant Reformation and other developments;
2. appreciate different meanings of the word 'popular', and be able to relate these to debates over popular culture;
3. understand the role of religion in promoting conflict or cooperation in early modern society;
4. be familiar with examples of sources which may be used to consider popular religion
5. understand the importance of magical, 'superstitious', and customary beliefs, and assess whether these presented alternative cosmologies;
6. assess the extent to which puritan, radical and nonconformist practices provide clues to popular beliefs;
7. understand relationships between religion and politics;
8. be familiar with alternative methodological approaches, including those offered by other disciplines, such as anthropology;
9. present a lucid and well-supported argument, showing an understanding of key historical interpretations, in the form of a written essay;
10. demonstrate the ability to make a brief oral presentation of arguments and evidence relating to an historical question in a manner which encourages discussion.