Summer 2021 - HIST 315 D100

Politics and Society in England, 1500-1707 (4)

Class Number: 3489

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 16, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



This course provides a general overview of the social and political history of Tudor and Stuart England.


I regret the fact that the global pandemic has made it impossible to teach this course in person on campus.  

In revising the requirements for this course, I have tried to strike a balance between permitting students to work as flexibly as possible without compromising academic standards.

All lectures will be asynchronous.  Students will be expected to view lectures online, and to access readings and videos on Canvas.  Weekly tutorial meetings will be synchronous.  

In the first week of the Summer semester, I will contact each of you to make sure you understand the expectations and requirements of this course.  I will also be scheduling weekly consultation sessions.

This advanced course is a selective survey of English politics and society from the opening decades of the sixteenth century to the Act of Union in 1707 which united the separate kingdoms of England and Scotland into the single state of Great Britain.  This course is the central prerequisite for any fourth year work in early modern English history. All students will be expected to work with early printed books found on Early English Books Online (EEBO).


  • First Essay (1500 words) 30%
  • Second Essay (2000 words) 30%
  • Final Examination 40%



R. S. Sylvester and D. Harding eds., Two Early Tudor Lives (1990)

Mark Kishlansky, A Monarchy Transformed: Britain 1603-1714 (1997)


Both books are readily available in second hand bookshops or online.  All other readings will be uploaded to Canvas or made available through the Library.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).