Saints And Society In Early England, C600-1150 HIST4121

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This special subject will explore major themes in the social, political, cultural and religious history of early medieval England through the lens of saints' cults. The following themes form the core areas of study: cults and conversion; kingship and martyrdom; gender and holiness; miracles and healing; pilgrims and patronage; official and unofficial religion


Twice weekly across both semesters. Tutor to determine when being taught

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of junior honours in History

Excluded Courses





Assessment will be conducted by the submission of two essays (2000 words each) 0% each, two seminar papers (6% each), assessment of in-seminar performance ( 2 x 4%) and by two 2-hgour exams, one on core materials and the second on historical questions more generally. The exam consists of two papers equally weighted at 30% of the assessment for each paper

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

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

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
1) demonstrate the ability to analyse primary texts in a comparative context;
2) demonstrate an ability to recognise the political and social implications of religious change
3) demonstrate the ability to analyse change over an extended period time
4) be able to present primary source-based arguments clearly and cogently for group discussion

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.