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Invasion! A History of Britain, from the Celts to the Battle of Fishguard

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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Invasions of Britain have occurred throughout modern history. In this course we will examine this narrative of intrusion, aggression and assimilation, from the coming of the Celts, through the invasions of the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and the Normans, to the last invasion of mainland Britain during the Napoleonic wars.

Course schedule

1.    This Frozen land: Early hominids and the stone age in the area of modern Britain

2     The coming of the Celts: Invasion or cultural and technological dissemination

3.    Pax Romana: Civilisation comes to the Islands of Mist

4.    In hoc signo vinces: Britain and the coming of Christianity

5.    ‘Dark Ages’?:  The end of Roman Britain

6.    The terror from the North: the cultural and political impact of the Vikings

7.    1066 and all that: The Normans and a change in cultural direction

8     The boot on the other foot: Scottish attacks and invasions

9.    The Glorious Revolution: 1688, an invasion by agreement

10   History and legend: The last invasion of mainland Britain

Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include group discussion, exercises, source analysis and presentation of material on PowerPoint and DVD. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work (1500 words). This may include a set of short responses to questions (such as a questionnaire or quiz) or a more extended essay.

Reading suggestions

The module tutor will recommend specific source materials. However, the following key texts will provide a general context for the period covered in the module:

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.