• Class Number 4120
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Mark Dawson
    • Dr Mark Dawson
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

The course introduces students to the history of Tudor and Stuart England. A main element is politics and personage, yet just as important will be ordinary peoples' daily lives and relationships; their beliefs, values, and customs; fundamental concepts and methods used in the study of the same. Where possible, comparative consideration will be given to the British Isles and England's place therein.

While no prior knowledge is expected, the course should be of particular interest to those who have studied early modern European and American history (e.g. HIST1205/6) or are undertaking courses which consider 16th-18th-century literature, art, or philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Analyse primary sources and debate change and continuity over time;
  2. Articulate their understanding of the past and relate it to both the wider historiography and present-day concerns;
  3. Demonstrate their knowledge of the origins of the modern world; and,
  4. Conduct research in early modern political and/or socio-cultural history.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 LECTURES: 1. Introduction: lay of the land 2. Rise of the Tudors TUTORIALS: Introductions – planning coursework
2 3. Tudor Revolution 4. Tudor Reformations Early modern research orientation
3 5. Elizabethan Settlement and uncertainty 6. Protestant Gloriana and division Reformation
4 7. The Three Kingdoms of the Stuarts 8. Civil War and Regicide Elizabeth I
5 9. Republicanism, restoration and revolution 10. Political costs of war Civil Wars
6 11. A changing society 12. Gender Revolution ’88
7 13. Orality and literacy 14. Print [Research consultations]
8 15. Medicine 16. Plague Families
9 17. Witchcraft 18. Sexualities Gender
10 19. Ritual 20. Crime and the law Literacy
11 21. Riot 22. Conclusion: Britain in and from 1714 Medicine
12 Research colloquia Witchcraft

Tutorial Registration

Via Wattle course site.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial participation 10 % * * 1, 2
Topical Essay 35 % * * 3
Research essay 55 % 06/06/2022 07/07/2022 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


As per Assessment Task 1


None – a final essay takes the place of an exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Tutorial participation

Due: weekly.

Half this grade involves your leading discussion at two tutorials, one related to your topical essay choice in first term and another according to your (research) interest in term two.

Preparation will involve students sending their tutor no more than 1 A4 page of notes by 10:00am on the day of their tutorial.

Your notes can take the form of

·       glossing one or two of the week’s primary sources, including setting these in context using online reference works like the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Tutors may pre-assign particular sources to individual students.

·       initial comment on the discussion question which heads the week’s reading list.

The other half of the grade will be allocated on the basis of weekly contribution. Contributions can include, but are not limited to: 

·       critique of the week’s primary sources (which might follow from your avatar’s particular perspective). 

·       comment on reading in the historiography 

·       stimulating discussion by posing further questions for the group.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 3

Topical Essay

2000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography; to be submitted in double-lined spaced Word .doc(x) format).

Due: time deadline is 5pm. Due dates are staggered and average 8 days following the relevant tutorial.

Students will choose one of the following questions, each of which will be the subject of tutorial discussion in the first part of the semester. 

·       Tutorial 3–Henry VIII’s motives for initiating an English Reformation were entirely his own but had nothing to do with religion. Discuss. DUE: Thursday 17 March

·       Tutorial 4–How was Elizabeth’s person a source of royal authority despite the weakness traditionally associated with her sex? DUE: Thursday 24 March

·       Tutorial 5–What were the social and cultural consequences of the British civil wars of the mid-seventeenth century? Can any of these consequences be considered revolutionary? DUE: Thursday 31 March

·       Tutorial 6–The events of 1688-89 constituted a palace coup, fueled by old-fashioned religious prejudices, rather than a watershed for people’s political rights. Discuss. DUE: Thursday 07 April

Students may consult the course convener about modification of the question but usually not the general topic. Your other interests should be pursued in the research essay. A grading rubric, which provides a schematic overview of expectations for essays, will be available on Wattle. 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 55 %
Due Date: 06/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 07/07/2022
Learning Outcomes: 4

Research essay

For the end of week 6, candidates will draft a research question and preliminary bibliography for written and/or verbal feedback by the course convenor.

3000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography; submitted in double-line spaced Word .doc(x)format).

DUE: Monday 6 June 5pm

?A grading rubric, which provides a schematic overview of expectations for essays, will be available on Wattle. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Mark Dawson

Research Interests

Early modern Anglo/European social and cultural history

Dr Mark Dawson

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Dr Mark Dawson

Research Interests

Dr Mark Dawson

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Tuesday 12:00 13:00
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