Civil War and Revolution in Britain

Subject 131-233 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week , 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of first-year history.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Erica Mehrtens
Phone: x45953
Subject Overview: This subject examines the causes, consequences and repercussions of the civil war period in seventeenth-century Britain, and investigates why men and women from all levels of society in England, as well as Scotland and Ireland took up arms against each other in the name of radical religion, politics, and individual rights. Major themes to be explored include gender and violence, piety, politics and popular culture, migration and the colonisation of America, as well as power and the reformation of the institutions of monarchy, parliament, and the law.
  • have a critical understanding of the political tensions between monarchy, parliament and the law;
  • have an understanding of religious tensions which led to war s with the Irish and the Scots;
  • demonstrate research and communication skills.
Assessment: Written analysis of a series of documentary extracts of 1500 words 35% (due mid-semester) and a research essay of 2500 words 65% (due end of semester)
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Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;
  • demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument.
Notes: Formerly available as 131-006. Students who have completed 131-006 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Diploma in Arts (History)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient, Medieval && Early Modern Studies Major
History Major

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