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070017 SE BA-Seminar - Great Britain and the continent in Modern Times (2019S)

8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

Teilblöcke am 6.3.2019, 9.4.-11.4.2019, 8.-10.5.2019, 25.-27.6.2019



max. 25 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

During the first session an introduction into the seminar takes place and topics for presentations can be chosen!

Wednesday 06.03. 11:30 - 16:30 Seminarraum 6 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 09.04. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 10.04. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 6 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 11.04. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 08.05. 15:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 09.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 10.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Monday 24.06. 15:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 25.06. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 26.06. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 6 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

"The island called England is of a very different colour from the continent" (Giacomo Casanova, 1763). In this or a similar way continental Europeans tried to describe the "peculiar character", the otherness of the English. Historians of all directions have been participating in the "Special Path Discussion" of Great Britain in recent history that has been taking place for decades. Recently (Brexit) these discussions have received new food. The seminar is concerned with the diversity of ways into modernity and discusses the relationship between Great Britain and the European continent, on the basis of selected themes of modern history.
The comparative view should include e.g. aspects of early modern state development, early capitalist development trends, confessionalisation and a comparative view of the history of revolution.
Research controversies (e.g. the concept of absolutism, early or proto-capitalism, etc.) will be read and discussed in the seminar.
• Work on narratives, theories and methods of modern history using selected case studies from British and European history.
• Exercises of scientific argumentation : e.g. writing theses, evaluating research controversies
• Produce short summaries of the knowledge gained (short protocols, executive summaries)
• Discussion and application of central theories and narratives of modern history to modern English/British history
• Understanding and critically discussing historiographic debates
• Exercise of technical methods : literature research/abstracts/ scientific theses
• Practise technical methods :
o Presentation of the chosen topic (development of the ability to develop table of content, exposés)
o Seminar paper according to Curriculum requirements

Assessment and permitted materials

working papers, presentation (oral), final paper (written)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

(all requirements will be explained in the 1st session)
1. regular participation (at least 80%)
2. one topic to be chosen and prepared more specifically by each student, which requires professional and independent research on the chosen topic (e.g. bibliography of literature, use of online databases and relevant internet portals)
3. self-study and preparation and follow-up of sessions
4. students practice scientific Argumentation on certain topics and present the acquired knowledge. A first outline, literature research and handout must be prepared for the own presentation .
5. preparation of short summaries, theses, etc.
6. final thesis/paper according to curriculum

Examination topics

Reading list

Reading recommendations will be given during the first session
First overview:
Jeremy Black, Convergence or Divergence? Britain and the Continent, 1994
Oxford History of England (see volumes in the series)
Cambridge History of Europe (see volumes in the series)

Association in the course directory

BA: BA-Seminar (9 ECTS); BEd: (8 ECTS); Dipl. LA: Vertiefung 1 oder 2 (6 ECTS)

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