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Upper Level Courses

300-400 level courses are on special topics and are more advanced. They often presuppose some basic knowledge in the field and should be more difficult courses than courses at the 1-199 levels. The department is trying to insure that some 400 level courses, although substantially more difficult, are also small in size; they thus may be suitable for graduate students.

HIST 341 The Tudors


Taught as schedule allows (consult the Course Directory)

This course examines the history of England from the accession of Henry (VII) Tudor in 1485 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, with emphases on the political and personal history of this colorful dynasty, the religious revolution known as the protestant Reformation, the arts and literature of the English Renaissance, imperial and trade ventures overseas, and aspects of popular culture including the witch craze.  Unlike most English histories of the period, we will also look closely at the other realms of the British Isles, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  Readings consist of a textbook with a British scope, and an array of primary sources, some in book form and others (marked with an asterisk on the syllabus) attached to Blackboard or distributed in class.  Books are available at the Penn Book Center, except for biographies associated with film critiques.  Most of the films noted in the syllabus will be available on PVN; otherwise they can be viewed at the library or through Netflix.  Assignments in square brackets are optional.

Course Syllabus (PDF)