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The reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) encompasses some of the most important religious, cultural, economic, political, and social changes in the history of England. The Elizabethan period witnessed the spread of capitalism, the growth of trade and industry, and the beginnings of colonization in the Western Hemisphere. The creation of an English Protestant Church in the sixteenth century had tremendous implications for national and international politics. The fine arts flourished as never before--it was the age of William Shakespeare, William Byrd, Edmund Spenser, and Nicholas Hilliard. By focusing on the reign of Elizabeth, we can better understand the ideas, individuals, and developments which created modern Britain.
A research seminar is designed to give students the opportunity to "practice" history; i.e., to conduct original research using primary sources, to engage in historiographical debate, to present arguments in oral and written contexts, and to revise work in response to external criticism. The product of this historical research will be a 20-30 page analytical paper on some aspect of Elizabethan England.
Laura Marvel (ed.), Elizabethan England: Turning Points in World History
J.E. Neale, Queen Elizabeth I (3rd ed.)
Susan Doran, Elizabeth I and Religion
Jayne Lewis, The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots
Lara E. Eakins, Tudor Historyhttp://tudorhistory.org/
Primary Sources in Early Modern England http://www.cofc.edu/~mccandla/tudorlinks.htm
Richard Marius and Melvin E. Page, A Short Guide to Writing About History (4th ed.)
D.M. Palliser, The Age of Elizabeth: England Under the Later Tudors (2nd ed.)
The major written assignment will be a 20-30 page (5,000-7,500 words) analytical research paper on some facet of Elizabethan history. See Marius and Page, A Short Guide to Writing About History, for format. Each student will discuss her/his paper topic and thesis with the instructor during an individual conference on 9 or 11 September. A statement of the thesis (a one-sentence explanation of what you intend to prove in your paper) and an annotated bibliography on the topic will be presented to the class and turned in to the instructor on 18 September. A topical outline delineating the issues to be explored in developing your thesis should be turned in by 2 October. The first version of the paper will be due on 28 October. Bring two copies (one for the instructor and one for a classmate to critique). Students will exchange papers, and readers will discuss the drafts with the authors in class on 4 November. The second draft is due on 18 November. Students will present their papers to the entire class on 2 and 4 December. Final papers (including annotated bibliography, outline, first and second drafts, student and instructor critiques) are due on or before 4 p.m. on 16 December (There will be no separate final exam). Late papers will be penalized one letter grade for each day tardy.
The completed paper should be between 20-30 typewritten pages (exclusive of endnotes), double-spaced in 12-point font (either Times Roman or Courier) with one inch margins, and documented in the humanities style using consecutively numbered endnotes. Papers should include at least five primary sources and at least ten secondary sources. All material taken from a specific source, whether paraphrased or quoted, must be cited in the endnotes (See Marius and Page, A Short Guide to Writing About History, for format). Because you will make substantial revisions between the first and final versions of your paper, you MUST type your work on a word processor. Papers will be assessed on both form (organization, style, clarity, citations, bibliography) and content (nature and proof of thesis and subsidiary arguments).
History majors and minors will also write their reflective essay for their portfolio during the seminar. See Reflective Essay Worksheet for details.
Class participation and regular attendance are essential to the success of the seminar. Both the quality and the quantity of your remarks will be considered when computing final grades (i.e., you do not get "points" for talking on a subject when you have not read the assignment). Students will be expected to read the assignments, to lead discussions on the readings, to present portions of their own research to the class, and to critique the work of their classmates.
Final grades will be based on class discussions of readings (35 percent), annotated bibliography (10 percent), topical outline (10 percent), presentation of individual research materials (10 percent), and research paper (35 percent or 10 percent for each draft and 15 percent for the final version). The grading scale is as follows: 90-100 = A; 86-89 = B+; 80-85 = B; 76-79 = C+; 70-75 = C; 60-69 = D; 0-59 = F.
Aug 26 Course Introduction; Historical Methodology
Discuss: Elizabeth England;
"Political and Social Turning Points" and "Conquests and Discoveries"
Marvel, Chapters 1 and 4
Sep 02 Discuss:
England; "The Elizabethan Theatre" and "Cultural Turning
Marvel, Chapters 2 and 3
Sep 04 Film: Elizabeth R: The Lion's Cub
Sep 09 Student conferences to select paper topic; no class
Sep 11 Library work to select paper topic; no class
Sep 16 Library Lecture; Prof. Phillip Powell
Student Presentation of Theses
Thesis statement and annotated bibliography due
Discuss: Queen Elizabeth I
Sep 25 Discuss:
Sep 30 Discuss:
Oct 02 Student
Presentations of Topical Outlines;
Topical outlines due (bring two copies to class)
Oct 07 Student Presentations of Topical Outlines;
Oct 09 Elizabethan
Outline of Lecture; Link to Portraits
Oct 14 Film: Elizabeth R: The Marriage Game
Oct 16 Discuss:
I and Religion
Oct 23 Film: Elizabeth R: Horrible Conspiracies
Oct 28 Film:
R: Horrible Conspiracies (continued)
First draft of papers due (bring two copies to class);
Student assignments of paper critiques
Oct 30 Work on critique of classmate's paper
Nov 04 Discussions
of paper critiques
Critiques of classmate's paper due; first drafts returned
Nov 06 Discuss:
The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots
Nov 11 Film: Elizabeth
Nov 13 Film: Elizabeth (continued)
Nov 18 Student Presentations
Nov 20 Student Presentations
Nov 25 Second draft of papers due
Dec 02 Second drafts returned; reflective essay due
Dec 04 No Class; work on final paper
Dec 16 Final
Turn in final paper along with annotated bibliography, outline, first and second
drafts, student and professor critiques by 4 p.m.
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