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EL10500: Britain's international history: from the Romans to the Treaty of Rome

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Academic Skills Centre
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (CW 20%)
  • In-class Test (CW 5%)
  • In-class Test (CW 5%)
  • Seminar Presentation (CW 20%)
  • Timed Essay (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is solely for Socrates-Erasmus, Exchange and Visiting students.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to give students an understanding of the history of Britain's relations with other countries and the effects of historical forces and events upon Britain's contemporary international relations, with a particular focus upon relations with other European countries and with former colonies. This unit is especially suitable for students with no previous knowledge of European history.

Learning Outcomes:
Having completed the unit students will be able to :
* outline Britain's relations with other countries over the past thousand years;
* explain the impact of selected key events such as the Norman invasion, the Reformation and the American War of Independence;
* identify distinctive elements of Britain's history and make relevant comparisons with the experience of other countries around core themes such as colonisation and the emergence of nation states;
* critically review issues in British History, making international comparisons using what they have learned as well as knowledge previously gained from home countries/institutions;
* interpret current international events involving Britain in the light of history and explain the historical background to current events.

Having completed the unit, students will:
* be able critically to review issues (T/F/A)
* have gained seminar presentation skills, learning to suit their material to their audience and to lead discussion and encourage participation (F/A).

The unit will offer an overview of selected issues in British history with a particular focus on Britain’s relations with the rest of the world. Starting from the arrival of the Romans, the course will review the other invaders and later immigrants who contributed to the making of the English and later the British people. The Norman conquest and subsequent conflict with France will be studied: the reformation will be examined in the context of the consequent hostility to Catholic Europe and the developing concept of Englishness. The unit will continue with the founding of the early colonies in North America, trade and the American war of independence; the shifts in focus eastwards; the slave trade and the scramble for Africa. The unit will conclude with study of the two world wars, the league of nations and the UN and the founding of the European Union.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EL10500 is Optional on the following programmes:

English Language Centre
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.