British History I

Course NameBritish History I
Course CodeHIS229
DescriptionThis course offers an introduction to the history of Great Britain from the era of Roman occupation to the beginning of the nineteenth century. It surveys a broad range of central problems and processes that, collectively, helped to make modern Britain: waves of settlers and the formation of kingdoms, the development of enduring legal and constitutional institutions and solutions, the sometimes bitter and bloody divisions over religion and political authority and finally the advent of industrialization and the emergence of Britain as a global power.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Critically evaluate and reflect on the major phases and trends in British history from Roman times to the start of the nineteenth century;
– Demonstrate a critical awareness of historiographical debate in British history, and an ability to discriminate between major differing interpretations of the British past developed by historians;
– Engage with British history in terms of the individual histories of the ‘four nations’ – the English, the Scots, the Welsh and Irish – while also being sensitive to the limitations and over-simplifications of such designations and labels;
– Articulate informed opinions on aspects of British history by reference to primary sources as well as secondary;
– Demonstrate enhanced communication presentation skills gained from frequent in-class discussion and group work.
SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS