History 337

HIST 337

English History to 1625

Catalog Entry

HIST 337

English History to 1625

Credit Hours: (3)

Prerequisite: Three hours of HIST at 100 level

A general survey of English history to 1625. Topics include Britain before and during Roman times, the unification and Christianization of England, the Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Norman invasions, relations between church and state including the Reformation, medieval warfare, and the Tudor regime. 


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course will provide students a chance to become acquainted with the history of England, helping them to gain knowledge and understanding of the development of ideas and institutions that would later be foundational to the United States. The course will attempt to create awareness of the formation of England and its institutions, highlighting how these developments have been significant. Major topics include:

(1)     Pre-Roman Britain

(2)     Britain under the Romans

(3)     Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms

(4)     Christianization

(5)     Viking Invasions

(6)     Norman Conquest

(7)     Medieval Politics, Economics, and Warfare

(8)     The Culture of the High Middle Ages

(9)     Wars of the Roses

(10) Tudor Regime and English Reformation

(11) Elizabethan Culture


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will combine lectures, class discussions based on assigned readings, media presentations, diverse writing assignments, and in-class exercises. In all cases, the course will be learner-centered. The course will also offer research opportunities, as students will be able to explore in greater depth topics of special interest through secondary and primary source readings. The course will provide the academic support services that students need in order to succeed.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Students will practice thinking critically and analytically about historical issues, acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of pertinent historical events and processes, and cultivate a familiarity with the concepts of historical argument and interpretation.

2. Students will develop disciplinary research skills by designing strategies to locate and analyze primary and secondary source evidence, processing and organizing the resultant data, and composing proper citation and bibliographical entries.

3. Students will apply their critical thinking, research, and compositional skills to the creation and presentation of thesis driven essays that discuss, for example, historical social, economic, political, and/or cultural developments and that address issues such as the causes and consequences of historical change and continuity.

4. Students will acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of key issues, themes, personalities, and events in the history of England to 1625.


Assessment Measures

Knowledge and understanding of the material covered in this course will be measured using an array of assessment tools that may include, among other things, class attendance and participation, written examinations, formal writing assignments of various types, and informal writing assignments. All exercises are designed to expand the student's ability to evaluate historical events and to develop his or her ability to compose persuasive arguments.


Other Course Information 


Review and Approval

Date Action Reviewed by

October 2010 Reviewed and Approved by Sharon Roger Hepburn