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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: English Short Name: HF12X
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: LUNA I Ms (English)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Qualifying Condition(s)
Essay  (50% of total assessment)
1 essay of 2000 – 2500 words
Examination (50% of total assessment)
A seen paper

The assessment will demonstrate that the student has achieved the required level of understanding of the processes of religious change during the period 1530 to 1612. Students will be required to give an oral presentation as part of their formative learning in order to develop their confidence in delivering a paper in front of their peers and answering questions on their chosen topic. The essay as part of the formal assessment will encourage students to develop their independent research skills as well as their ability to evaluate primary and secondary source material. They will also be encouraged to develop their skills in written presentation, organisation and communication of ideas. The seen examination is designed to further develop student’s academic discipline, mental organisation and powers of synthesis and analysis under pressure and will enable students to demonstrate personal initiative and self-motivation in their studies.
Module Overview
This module offered at level two explores one of the most far-reaching religious and culturally transforming aspects of the early modern period. The impact of the Reformation on England and the religious changes that it provoked is crucial to the understanding of origins of religious tensions and conflicting interests that dominated the fragile relationship between England and Europe during the sixteenth century.
This module is designed to extend and deepen knowledge gained on level two compulsory core modules Image Making in Tudor and Stuart England. Students will also consolidate knowledge and skills generic to humanities.
60 credits at Level 1, or equivalent.
Module Aims

Module Aims:

  • To provide students with a critical knowledge and understanding of the religious and cultural impact of the Reformation in England
  • To develop a critical awareness of the diverse historical interpretations of this controversial topic.
  • To develop a deeper i=understanding of religious change and continuity during the period 1530-1612.
  • To consolidate skills that are generic to humanities.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the major changes in religious belief in Britain during the early modern period.
  • Show an awareness of the influences of the European Reformation on religious belief in Britain between 1530 and 1612.
  • Show an informed understanding of of scholarly interpretations of the period.
Cognitive / Intellectual Skills
  • Develop an ability to critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Analyse varied opinions critically and draw logical constructive conclusions.
  • Identify key issues and adopt the appropriate methods for studying them.
Key / Transferable / Practical Skills
  • Work effectively with others in discussion groups.
  • Demonstrate the use of a range of self-selected materials in assignments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in independent learning.
  • Develop skills in presentation and written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage time and work to deadlines.
In order to achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, the student must meet the following criteria related to the learning outcomes described above:
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify key issues relating to religious change in Britain during the sixteenth century. 
  • Show generally accurate knowledge of the period.
  • Demonstrate the ability to select and acknowledge source material in formal assessment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to answer the question set in the formal assessment.
Module Content
The module will concentrate on the changing role of religion in Britain and the increasing interrelationship between religion and politics during the sixteenth century. This will include a study of the Henrican Reformation in England and the social and economic implications of the dissolution of the Monasteries; the consolidation of the Protestant Church under Edward VI; religious disaffection and Protestant Martyrdom during the brief return to Catholicism under Mary I. Particular attention will be given to the tensions created by increasingly diverging religious ideologies in Britain caused by the introduction of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland and the moderate Anglican Settlement in England under Elizabeth I. An examination of the impact of changing Elizabethan religious policies throughout her reign, internal catholic conspiracies centred around Mary Queen of Scots, the introduction of missionary priests and the external threat from Counter-reformationary forces culminating in attempted invasion. Some attention will also be given to the continuity of Elizabethan religious policy in the first half of the reign of James I. 
Methods of Teaching/Learning

12 x 2 hour sessions (or equivalent)

The Teaching and Learning Strategy is designed to ensure that students are able to display the knowledge and skills outlined in the learning outcomes for this module. Strategies adopted will encourage students to interact in classroom and group discussion and to reflect on their own learning. Close analysis of a variety of primary and secondary historical sources will develop critical understanding of key issues.
The Teaching and Learning Method will include a mixture of informal lectures, group work and self directed learning. A high level of student participation is expected. Handouts outlining key issues may also be used to encourage a more comprehensive understanding of the subject. Visual aids will also accompany some sessions where appropriate.
Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Texts
Edwards P. (2001) The Making of the Modern State, Basingstoke, Palgrave
Haigh, C. (ed) (1996) The English Reformation Revised, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Marshall, P. (ed) (1997) The Impact of the English Reformation 1500-1640, London, Arnold
Recommended Reading
Collinson, P. (1982) The Religion of Protestants, The Church in English Society 1559-1625, Oxford, Clarendon Press
Durston, C. & Eales, J. (1996) The Culture of English Puritanism 1560-1700, London, Macmillan
Marsh, C. (1998) Popular Religion in Sixteenth Century England, London, Macmillan
Scarisbrick, J.J. (1997) The Reformation and the English People, Oxford, Blackwell
Other Indicative Reading
Coffey, J. (2000) Persecution & Toleration in Protestant England 1558-1689, London, Longman
Coward, B. (1980) The Stuart Age, London, Longman
Dures, A. (1985) English Catholicism 1558-1642, Seminar Studies Series, London, Longman
Fletcher, A. & Stevenson, J. (ed) (1985) Order and Disorder in Early Modern England, Cambridge 
Goodacre, J. & Lynch, M. (ed) (2000) The Reign of James VI, Scotland Tuckwell Press
Guy, J. (1988) Tudor England, Oxford, Oxford University Press
MacCulloch (1999) Tudor Church Militant, London, Penguin Press
MacCulloch, D. (2001) The Later Reformation in England 1547-1603, Basingstoke, Palgrave
Morey, A. (1978) The Catholic Subjects of Elizabeth I, London, Allen and Unwin
Shagan, E. (2005) Catholics and the Protestant Nation, Manchester University Press
Tyacke, N. (ed) (1988) England’s Long Reformation 1500-1800, London, UCL
Tyacke, N (2001) Aspects of English Protestantism 1510-1700, Manchester, MUP

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30th June 2008