HIS41850 Approaches to the MiddleAges II

Academic Year 2023/2024

The purpose of this module is to introduce graduates to the rich histories, cultures and literatures of early medieval Ireland and Britain. It will use focused seminars to examine the sources, deepening our understanding of the relationships which joined together the peoples and cultures of the islands. It will also examine scholarly approaches and historical debates, enabling the graduate to ground their own research in a practical way.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module a student will have an understanding of:
• Early Insular sources
• The writers of Insular sources
• The different methodologies and approaches practiced by scholars

Indicative Module Content:

The following key content underpins this module:
1) Identifying Insular sources (textual, material etc)
2) Locating the creators of these sources
3) Understanding the historical contexts of the sources
4) Workshops on particular texts to tease out historiographical and methodological challenges

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
These learning outcomes will be facilitated through small-group seminars focused on the practical skills of source analysis. These will be underpinned by a critical engagement with major historical debates through seminar contribution and continuous assessment. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HIS42070 - Early Medieval Ireland

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Book Review Week 4 n/a Graded No


Essay: 4,000 word written assignment Week 12 n/a Graded No


Presentation: Presentation Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will be provided after each component of the module. Advice will also be given on the final essay in its planning stages.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Roy Flechner Lecturer / Co-Lecturer