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070176 SE Seminar - The British Isles and North-America in Early Modern and Modern History (2020S)

State Formation, Constitutionalism, and Politics

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Students who are registered for this MA-Seminar will not miss the first class unit on March 5 - otherwise they will be signed off from the Seminar. Classroom attendance is further required indispensively on March 19, April 2, and May 7! - Presentation of Seminar papers: June 25, June 26, and June 27. If students miss class during the final sessions in June, convincing evidence is needed that their absence is unavoidable.

Thursday 05.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Thursday 19.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Thursday 02.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Elise Richter-Saal Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 1
Thursday 07.05. 09:45 - 14:00 Seminarraum 1, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Seminarraum 12, Währinger Straße 29 2.OG
Thursday 25.06. 09:45 - 16:30 Seminarraum 2, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Friday 26.06. 13:15 - 19:00 Seminarraum 2, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Saturday 27.06. 09:45 - 17:00 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9


Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar focuses on state formation, constitutional developments as well as on important political events in British and North American History. Students will get more insights in Early Modern and Modern History (16th to 19th c.) During the seminar links and interactions between developments of British Isles (16th and 17th c.) and its former North American Colonies respectively the United States (18th and 19th c.) will be discussed.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will select the topics of their Seminar papers individually (a list of possible framework topics will be provided). They will develop their own research-question, and they will present their findings in class during the Seminar sessions in late June. Students will submit an essay (seminar paper). Length of a Seminar paper: 65.000 characters (+/- 5%), which includes the full text, all footnotes, the title page, the table of contens, and the bibliography (= about 25 pages, typeface Times New Roman, Font Size 12, and Space 1 1/2); additionally, an Abstract of 1.000 characters will be included at the end of the paper. - During the class units in June in which students give their presentations, the use of electronic devices (notebooks, tablets, i-phones, etc.) is not allowed!

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This seminar will be taught in a highy interactive manner, and students are expected to participate in reading and discussing the texts and documents. - Grading: Initial assignments and discussion 20%, oral presentation 15%, seminar paper 65%.

Examination topics

Students will find a research-question for their Seminar paper, will search for literature and sources, read, study, and analyze relevant texts and documents to fulfill this task, and they will write a Seminar paper; the deadline (non-negotiable!) for submitting the final version of the Seminar paper is July 27, 2020. - All classroom discussion will be held in English, and the Seminar paper will be written in English.

Reading list

Bibliographical informations for Seminar topics will be regularly provided during the semester, mostly on an individual basis, and they are accessable via Moodle.

Association in the course directory

MA Geschichte: Neuzeit, Globalgeschichte, Historisch-kulturwissenschaftliche Europaforschung

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