Elizabeth I (Online)
This course will examine the life and reign of Elizabeth I, from her troubled childhood to the death of the aged Virgin Queen. But what do we really know of this iconic queen? Can her reign be accounted a success?
The reign of Elizabeth I witnessed some of the most famous, transformative events in English history. The Elizabethan religious settlement finally established Protestantism as the official religion in England; the defeat of the Armada in 1588 played an important role in the formation of English national identity. Most of all, the image of the queen, iconically depicted in contemporary art and literature, has come to dominate historical accounts of the period. And yet we know very little about the queen herself. Elizabeth left few personal documents and no direct testimony about the key unanswered questions of her reign, such as her personal religious beliefs or why she never married. This course will address these questions and the other key issues of Elizabeths 45 year reign, looking beyond the posthumous myth of the Virgin Queen to assess the success and effectiveness of her rule.
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Unit 1: The young Elizabeth: Education, childhood, and adolescent experiences
Unit 2: Elizabeths accession: Religious settlement, The establishment of Elizabethan government, Burghley
Unit 3: Monarcy and government: Court and Council; Parliament; the Church
Unit 4: The marriage debate: Suitors; Leicester and Anjou; Virginity
Unit 5: The succession question: Candidates; Mary Queen of Scots; James VI of Scotland
Unit 6: Elizabeths relationship with her nobility: Protestant nobles;1569 rising; the Catholic nobility
Unit 7: Crises of foreign policy: France; the Netherlands and Spain; The Armada
Unit 8: The challenges of the 1590s: Essex and Cecil; Essex rebellion; Ireland
Unit 9: The contemporary image of Elizabeth: Portraiture; Speeches; The cult of Elizabeth
Unit 10: The posthumous myth of Elizabeth: Films; Fiction; Final evaluation: was Elizabeths rule a success?
We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.
To participate in this course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following books:
- Haigh, C., Elizabeth I. Profiles in Power, 2nd revised edition (2000). Pearson Education, Harlow.
- Williams, P., The Later Tudors (1998). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to register and pay the £10 fee.
For more information on CATS point please click on the link below: http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/studentsupport/faq/cats.php
Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.
All students who successfully complete this course, whether registered for credit or not, are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Completion consists of submitting both course assignments and actively participating in the course forums. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
Home/EU Fee: £270.00
Non-EU Fee: £295.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00
Janet Dickinson specializes in the cultural and political history of early modern England and Europe. Her publications and research focus on Elizabeth I and the nobility. She has three times been named ‘most acclaimed lecturer’ by her students at OUDCE.
Study and evaluate the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
- To explore the key events and developments of Elizabeths reign.
- To break down the myth of Elizabeth to evaluate Elizabeths skills as a ruler.
- Develop a range of historical skills through the evaluation of primary sources and historiography.
By the end of this course students will be expected to understand:
- The key events of Elizabeths reign and how her government dealt with them.
- The construction of the queens reputation by her contemporaries and since her death.
- How to use primary sources in order to develop and support historical arguments.
By the end of this course students will be expected to have gained the following skills:
- The ability to write analytical and critical evaluations of the key events and issues of Elizabeths reign.
- The ability to assess the success or otherwise of Elizabeths reign, with an awareness of how far her reputation has been shaped by later accounts.
- The ability to compare, evaluate and interpret primary sources in order to develop and support historical arguments and to communicate their own ideas successfully to debates about Elizabeths reign.
Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment of 500 words due half way through the course and one longer assignment of 1500 words due at the end of the course.
Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.
Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.
Level and demands
FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.
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