Society, Culture and Politics in England, 1500-1700 HIST4191

  • 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

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were a period of significant social, economic and political change in England, witnessing population growth, rising prices, and social polarisation. Topics to covered in the course will include: land and community, parish and county community, poverty, riot and rebellion, crime, demographic change, popular religion, consumption and material culture, gender relations, urban growth, and middle class or middling sort.


Taught twice weekly. Tutor to decide what days and time to be taught

Requirements of Entry

Admission to Honours in History

Excluded Courses





70% for 1 two hour exam (2 questions)

20% for 1 essay of c. 2000 words

10% for seminar work, divided as follows: 6% for the presentation of the seminar paper submitted and 4% for overall seminar contribution.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of the History honours programme, to which this course contributes, are:

6. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills you acquired during your first two years;

7. to offer you the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options;

8. to offer you the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;

9. to introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skills in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research; and

10. to encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

1. understanding of the main areas of social, economic and demographic change;

2. awareness of the main debates among historians, and an ability contribute to discussion about these debates; and

3. knowledge of the potential uses and limitations of primary sources.