Spring 2021 - HIST 215 D100

The Making of the British Isles (3)

Class Number: 5609

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 25, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM



A broad survey of some of the central developments that have shaped the history of the British Isles from Roman antiquity to the present. Breadth-Humanities.


This second year course is designed to provide students with a broad survey of some of the central developments that have shaped the history of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon settlements to the latter decades of the twentieth century.  Anglocentric and thematic, this course provides a foundation for the more advanced and specialised offerings in English and Irish history at the 300 and 400 levels.  This course is a requirement for the concentration in British and Irish history.

Due to the global pandemic, I deeply regret that this version of History 215 must be offered online.  There are NO synchronous lectures or tutorials. I will contact each of you by Skype, Zoom or email in the first week of the semester to ensure that you understand the expectations and requirements of this course.


  • Tutorial readings and responses 20%
  • Two gobbet assignments 40%
  • Final Examination 40%


Tutorial Readings and responses                          20%

Although there will be no formal synchronous tutorials, you will be expected to complete weekly readings and viewings over eleven (11) weeks of the semester. The primary purpose of the weekly tutorial is to enable a closer analysis of some key primary and secondary sources in the history of the British Isles.  You will be asked to submit four (4) responses to your tutorial readings. More detailed instructions will be found in the course syllabus on Canvas


Two Gobbet Assignments                                 40%

The Oxford English Dictionary defines gobbet as ‘an extract from a text selected for translation or comment, especially as part of an examination or course of instruction.’ You will be given a choice of documents and asked to write two short essays (800 -1000 words) analyzing your chosen texts. More detailed instructions will be found in the course syllabus on Canvas.


Final Examination                                             40%

The final requirement of this course is a 3 hour examination scheduled by the university.



John Keegan, The Face of Battle (first published 1976 - any edition)

Robert Tombs, The English and their History (Penguin, 2015).

All other documents and readings will be available through Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).