The Tudors: History, Culture and Religion
Monday 25th April 2016
Delivery: Distance Learning (Online)
This online course considers the Tudor court as archetypal in the history of the English monarchy. We will study the culture of this period through a blend of archaeology, art, history, and literature; analysing its evolution, function and impact in a period of formative change for English society.
Deadline for registrations: 2 weeks before the course starts
NB: Late entrants will be able to work through and catch up on the material they have missed - or they can skip the missed weeks and concentrate on the material at the point where they join the course - but unfortunately we cannot offer fee reductions or course extensions for late entrants.
Week 1: Monday 28 April 2014
The Tudor dynasty and the Tudor court
Week 2: The court of Henry VII: laying down dynastic roots
Week 3: Henry VIII: The cult of magnificence / the royal palaces of Henry VIII
Week 4: Religion, literature and music at the court of Henry VIII
Week 5: The six wives of Henry VIII
Week 6: Edward VI
Week 7: Mary I
Week 8: The image of the Queen
Week 9: Elizabeth I and her court
Week 10: Factions and favourites: the royal progresses
Week 11: Music, art and literature at the court of Elizabeth I
Week 12: Ceremony and ritual: the Tudor court assessed
Learning / Teaching Methods
This course is delivered via the internet using an online system called ELE: the Exeter Learning Environment. Students will be given a username and password to log in to the course. A 'unit' of course material will be released every week for students to work through and class discussions on this material will take place in the online forum.
Class discussions are asynchronous - i.e. students do not need to be online at a 'set' time - they can leave and collect messages from the online discussion environment at a time suitable for them.
Throughout the course, students will be given ideas and questions to respond to in the online discussion area. In addition to this, in the third week of the course students will be given an optional assignment of 500 words based on selected portraits of Henry VIII. Students who choose to do this assignment will not receive a mark, but will receive feedback on their work.
As this course is non-credit-bearing there are no exams or assessments.
This course will help students to acquire:
- Knowledge of the evolution of the Tudor court, and the relevant historical, political and cultural context in which that development took place;
- An awareness of the underlying concepts, issues and debates relating to this subject area;
- Experience of analysing primary source material
There are no required texts for this course.