Module Details

HR389-6-FY-CO: Power And Politics In Tudor England

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Year: 2017/18
Department: History
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes
Outside Option: Yes

Teaching Staff:
Contact details: Belinda Waterman, Student Administrator,

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Tudor England was an intensely political society, in which political actors from many levels of society interacted in a wide variety of political networks and forums, from the court and parliament to the counties and parishes. These transactions concerned both high level decisions such as the Reformation of religion, war, and changes of regime, as well as much more mundane issues of day-to-day existence, such as the need for justice, social order, food supply and trade. This course explores the political world of sixteenth-century England from many angles, paying attention to a wide variety of vertical and horizontal links between and within different levels of society, yet with the ultimate aim of understanding that society as a single political nation. Crucially, it will examine how these political worlds changed over the period, paying particular attention to the impact of the religious changes of the sixteenth century and to the processes of change on the ground which began to lead to the creation of a modern British state.

Learning and Teaching Methods

One-hour lecture and one-hour seminar per week.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


Two 3000-word essays.

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.

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