Seminar: English Revolutions

Course Details

Course Number: 6003  Section Number: 170

Fall 2011

Location: O'Donohoe Hall

Classroom Number: 231

Days & Times:

Monday 5:30 - 8:20 pm



Course Attachments

Textbooks

Early Modern England 1485-1714: A Narrative Histor  ISBN: 0631213937

The English Reformation (Dickens)  ISBN: 0271028688

The English Reformation Revised  ISBN: 0521336317

The Causes of the English Civil War (Hughes)  ISBN: 0333684753

The Causes of the English Civil War (Russell)  ISBN: 019822141X

The Causes of the English Revolution, 1529-1642.  ISBN: 0415266734

The World Turned Upside Down  ISBN: 0140137327

The Revolution of 1688-89: Changing Perspectives  ISBN: 0521526140

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Sharon L. Arnoult   
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Course Objectives

This is a graduate-level seminar designed to explore, in depth, three distinct but related events in 16th and 17th century England: the English Reformation, the English Civil War, and the Glorious Revolution.


Course Expectations

Book reports and presentations (60%): All seminar members will hand in four papers directly related to the reading and discussion of the seminar. All papers must be typed and double-spaced. Each paper counts for 15% of the final grade. For two of the papers, they will compare and contrast 1) the theses of Dickens and Haigh on the Reformation and 2) the arguments of Russell, Stone, and Hughes on the causes of the civil war. The other two papers will be on the two books which seminar members will present to the seminar. For these books, the presenter must also locate and read at least two scholarly reviews of the book, and must address any major comments or critiques made by the reviewer in the analysis of the book. This analysis, which will be written and handed in, should clearly state the author’s thesis, and also consider what type(s) of sources the author used and how the author utilized those sources.

Class participation (10%): Seminar members are expected to actively participate in well-informed discussions of the material. To that end, during session in which books are presented, the other seminar members are required to have located and read at least one review of each book that is being presented, and to have read related articles, if such are handed out in class.

Research paper and presentation (20%): Seminar members will research, write, and present to the seminar a short paper, modeled on the type of paper presented at academic conferences. The paper should have at least 10 sources, of which at least 3 must be primary sources. The paper should be between 10-12 pages (double-spaced and excluding the bibliography, title page, endnotes, etc.), so that, when read aloud, it takes about 20 minutes to present. The paper must be written using the Chicago Manual of Style or Turabian’s A Manual for Writers, and must use endnotes, not footnotes. Seminar members may augment their presentations with PowerPoint, handouts, etc., as appropriate, but must hand in an annotated paper with bibliography. Presenters must be prepared to answer questions from their fellow seminar members following their presentation.

Pre/Post test (10%): On the first day of class, an exam will be given to measure student’s knowledge of the subject matter. The exam will be given again near the end of the class but before the paper presentations. The result of the second exam will be 10% of the final grade.


Grading Standards

Book reports and presentations (60%): All seminar members will hand in four papers directly related to the reading and discussion of the seminar. All papers must be typed and double-spaced. Each paper counts for 15% of the final grade. For two of the papers, they will compare and contrast 1) the theses of Dickens and Haigh on the Reformation and 2) the arguments of Russell, Stone, and Hughes on the causes of the civil war. The other two papers will be on the two books which seminar members will present to the seminar. For these books, the presenter must also locate and read at least two scholarly reviews of the book, and must address any major comments or critiques made by the reviewer in the analysis of the book. This analysis, which will be written and handed in, should clearly state the author’s thesis, and also consider what type(s) of sources the author used and how the author utilized those sources.

Class participation (10%): Seminar members are expected to actively participate in well-informed discussions of the material. To that end, during session in which books are presented, the other seminar members are required to have located and read at least one review of each book that is being presented, and to have read related articles, if such are handed out in class.

Research paper and presentation (20%): Seminar members will research, write, and present to the seminar a short paper, modeled on the type of paper presented at academic conferences. The paper should have at least 10 sources, of which at least 3 must be primary sources. The paper should be between 10-12 pages (double-spaced and excluding the bibliography, title page, endnotes, etc.), so that, when read aloud, it takes about 20 minutes to present. The paper must be written using the Chicago Manual of Style or Turabian’s A Manual for Writers, and must use endnotes, not footnotes. Seminar members may augment their presentations with PowerPoint, handouts, etc., as appropriate, but must hand in an annotated paper with bibliography. Presenters must be prepared to answer questions from their fellow seminar members following their presentation.

Pre/Post test (10%): On the first day of class, an exam will be given to measure student’s knowledge of the subject matter. The exam will be given again near the end of the class but before the paper presentations. The result of the second exam will be 10% of the final grade.


Submission Format Policy

As stated above.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late papers will not be accepted.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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Attendance Requirements

Please see above under 'requirements."


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