TTH 8 - 9:20 am
The goal of this course is to provide you with an overview of English history from the accession of the Tudors in 1485 through the Glorious Revolution of 1688/89.
2 exams, worth 40% each towards your final grade and a research project paper, worth 20% of the final grade.
The purpose of the research project paper is to allow you to develop skills in basic historical research, to formulate valid questions for inquiry, to assess the value of various sources and to present your findings in clear and effective writing. The paper must be on a topic relevant to the course, and that topic should be in the form of a question; for example, "what does the life of Elizabeth I (or Mary Queen of Scots) tell us about the problems a woman ruler faced?" or "what roles did military innovations play (if any) in the Civil War?" Write down your topic question and submit it to me no later than Tuesday, October 30.
You are then to find 7 sources that can help you answer this question, and you must use the following types of sources: 1 Internet source (i.e., a web site, but not an on-line encyclopedia); 1 book that is a monograph, i.e., a book on one subject, which is neither a textbook nor a collection of essays, and not one of the books required for this class; 1 article in a scholarly journal, such as The Journal of British Studies (newspaper and general news magazine stories are not acceptable); 1 primary source, i.e., something from the time period itself, most likely a document such as a treatise, letter, law, proclamation, newspaper, diary, etc. This primary source may be an excerpt in a secondary source if the excerpt is long enough — a paragraph of at least 5 sentences or more. You choose the last three source from any of these types, but you MAY NOT use class notes, an encyclopedia (including on-line ones), a book review, a book required for this class, or a textbook as a source.
For your research project paper, begin by stating the question you are investigating. Then for each of your sources identify and briefly describe the source, evaluate its reliability, relate what it contributes to answering your question and how valuable that contribution is. Then in conclusion, in your own words, give the best answer to the question you can based on your sources. Evaluate what else, if anything, it would be nice to know in order to get a fuller answer, and where you might try to find this information (i.e., what further research might be done.) Include a full bibliography at the end.
The research paper should be a minimum of 5 pages, will count for 20% of the final grade
Papers handed in late will be penalized 5 points off for every class day late and ABSOLUTELY NO PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES,
You are expected to attend class but a formal roll will not be kept. However, if you do not attend class, you will not have the material necessary to pass the exams.
PLEASE NOTE: make-up exams will only be given to students who can present documentation of a major emergency which prevented them from taking the exam and, at the instructor’s discretion, a critical book review may be assigned in place of the make-up exam. NO MAKE-UPS FOR THE FINAL WILL BE GIVEN!