Early Modern England

Course Details

Course Number
Fall 2012
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

TTh 8 am

Dr. Sharon L. Arnoult (view Profile)

Course Attachments


The Bewitching of Anne Gunter
The Voices of Morebath
Early Modern England, 1485-1714

Course Objectives

The goal of this course is to provide you with an overview, at the graduate level, of English history from the accession of the Tudors in 1485 through the Glorious Revolution. It is designed to develop high-level skills in critical reasoning and analysis through the written discussion of key historiographical works, the writing of critical book reviews, and the completion of an advanced, graduate-level research paper

Course Expectations

Course Requirements:

A review of reviews, an historiographical book review of the English Reformation, a comparative review, a book review, and a research paper.  Each review will count for 15% of your final grade, and the research paper will count 40%.

Submission Format Policy

Research paper (40%): You will be expected to write a research paper, utilizing primary and secondary sources.  By Tuesday, September 25, a proposal for the paper must be submitted to the instructor, in the form of a question that will become the thesis of the paper, and this proposal must also have a tentative listing of sources.  The final paper will be expected to meet graduate standards in quality of research and analysis; at least 15 sources must be cited in the paper, of which at least 3 MUST be primary sources and NO MORE THAN 2 may be Internet sources (excluding primary sources accessed via the internet).   Class notes, an encyclopedia (including on-line ones), a book review, or a textbook MAY NOT be used as a source.  The paper must have a clear thesis or argument; it should be around 15 – 20 pages in length (including bibliography) and must be written using the Chicago Manual of Style or Turabian’s A Manual for Writers. This paper is due NO LATER than Tuesday, December 4, and will constitute 40% of the student’s final grade.

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.

Plagiarism Policy

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