Spring 2022 - HIST 215 OL01

The Making of the British Isles (3)

Class Number: 4541

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 12, 2022
    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 Roman Britain to the opening decades of the twenty-first century. Anglocentric and thematic, this course provides a foundation for the more advanced and specialized 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 continuing effects of the global pandemic, this version of History 215 will be offered online. There are NO synchronous lectures or tutorials.


  • Weekly readings and responses 20%
  • Two Gobbet assignments 40%
  • Final Examination 40%


Weekly Readings and responses 20%
Although there will be no formal synchronous tutorials, you are expected to complete weekly readings and viewings over the course of the semester. The primary purpose of these weekly readings 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) written responses to a choice of 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 -1200 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 on a specific day and time by the university.





John Keegan, The Face of Battle (first published 1976 - any edition)
Robert Tombs, The English and their History (Vintage Books, 2016).


All other documents and readings will be available through Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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