Second Level Courses in the School of History

Please note that the links below take you to the University Course Cataogue. For the latest timetable information please check the School timetable

MO2008 Scotland, Britain and Empire, c. 1500 - 2000
This module provides an introduction to how and why the British nation state evolved from the separate kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland and how and why it has survived over the last three centuries. Such a project involves an analysis of the shifting relations between the component parts of the British Isles, and their overseas imperial activities, between 1500 - 2000. The core of the module is political history, broadly defined, and to facilitate more in-depth analysis of the range of factors impacting on political developments, the period is divided into four thematically coherent eras: the Reformations and the Making of Britain 1500 - 1660; the First British Empire: the early modern Atlantic World, 1660-1790; Identity, Inclusion and Diversity: Imperial Britain, 1790-1918; the Decline and Fall of Empire: Britain in the Twentieth Century. For recommended reading please see list.

ME2003 Mediaeval Europe (11th - 15th c.)
This module surveys European history from the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries, a period known as the “High Middle Ages”.  Rather than providing an exhaustive chronology of political events, the course examines key themes that helped to shape Western Europe in this period.  This will enable students to understand not just the major events that occurred in the period (including, for example, the contest between the Western Emperors and the Popes, or the Crusades), but also the mentalities and lives of the people who experienced them.  Topics such as belief, dissent and private life are considered alongside more traditional areas like the development of national governments and trade.  The module, while self-contained and coherent, will follow neatly on from ME1003, a module dealing with the transformation of Europe in the early Middle Ages.

MH2002 Introduction to Middle Eastern History
This module provides an introduction to Middle Eastern History from the dramatic reconfiguration of the Middle East in late Antiquity to its contested and contentious recent past. It explores political, social and cultural life across the Middle East through the comparative treatment of several themes. These will normally include states and authority; social dislocation and transformation; belief and literary expression; identity; and cross-cultural engagement. It will also define and explore key moments of transition, including the spread of Islam, Turkic irruptions and European encounters. Collectively these have profoundly influenced the modern Middle East.

HI2001 History as a Discipline: development and key concepts
This module provides an introduction to key theoretical and methodological approaches which have characterized the emergence of History as a discipline since mediaeval times. It covers a number of influential historical scholls and perspectives, which are taught thematically with reference to the mediaeval, early modern and late modern periods. The module builds on knowledge acquired by students during their first three semesters of study and equips them with the skills to undertake honours work in History.