History of Great Britain and Ireland to 1600
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 221
Course Name: History of Great Britain and Ireland to 1600
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe Britain and Ireland’s achievements in political, cultural, and social terms
C. Compare representative works of literature and philosophy produced within this period
D. Critique the values expressed in the religious, philosophical, and literary texts of this period, and discuss the current relevance of these values
E. Explain the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of Britain and Ireland and the origins of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict
F. Apply conflicting interpretations of British and Irish history
G. Analyze primary and secondary sources of the British and Irish past
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
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VI. Sequence of Topics
B. Reevaluating the Celtic mass migration theory
C. Roman Britain
D. Early Christianity in Britain and Ireland
E. Anglo-Saxon invasion and influence in Britain
F. Viking Britain and Ireland
G. The Norman Conquest of Britain
H. Feudalism and Manorialism in Britain and Norman Ireland
I. The origins of English imperialism in Ireland
J. The English conquest of Wales
K. The Scottish dynastic movement of the 13th and 14th centuries
L. “The Calamitous Fourteenth Century”
M. Late Medieval Britain and Ireland
N. The Tudor Dynasty of England
O. The English Reformation
P. The Reigns of Mary Stewart and Elizabeth I
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Read a standard textbook and research materials.
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 13-15 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research
papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
C. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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