HIST 331: England to 1688

Autumn 2018

Caitlin Corning, Center Street House #5, 503-554-2673, email: ccorning@georgefox.edu; Skype: caitlincorning

Office hours: 2-3:20 MWF; 9:30-10:30 (T/Th)

Syllabus Address: https://sites.google.com/a/georgefox.edu/england or http://goo.gl/0Cpor

Course Description

This course is a survey of England from the beginnings of Roman occupation near the time of Christ to the Glorious Revolution in 1688. While this class will use a political framework to tie the course together, economic, social and religious aspects of Medieval and Early Modern England will also be explored. Students will be encourage to participate in discussions throughout the course and will have the opportunity do to further research on topics which interest them.

Course Objectives

1. To gain a better understanding of the crucial developments in English history as it transformed from Britannia to the English Realm.

2. To use topics in English history and primary documents to explore different types of evidence and the historical controversies in this period.

3. To improve reading, writing, speaking, and researching skills.

Career Skills

1. Research skills, organizing and analyzing data, presenting information for multiple audiences

2. Understanding multiple points of view, weighing evidence, and presenting ideas and viewpoints accurately and with empathy

3. Analyzing interrelationships of events and ideas

Required Texts

  1. Roberts, Roberts, and Bisson, A History of England, vol. 1, 6th edn, Routledge
  2. Primary documents linked in Foxtale.


  • Attendance and participation 10%
  • Discussions 20%
  • Research Assignment 30%
  • Mid-Term 20%
  • Final 20%

Late Policy

All assignments will be marked down 10% per day except in cases of excused absence. In class work cannot be made up except in cases of excused absence.

Cheating and Plagiarism: Please note that this university has a no tolerance policy regarding cheating and plagiarism. Use of another person's exact words without quote marks and reference is plagiarism, as is restating another person's ideas but not providing a reference to indicate that it is not your own. If you have any questions, see your Student Handbook, or talk to me. Papers and assignments where a student has cheated will result in zero points in the first instance, and a possible “F” in the course for the second instance. Assignments will also be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs.


The Academic Resource Center (ARC) on the Newberg campus provides all students with free writing consultation, academic coaching, and learning strategy review (e.g., techniques to improve reading, note-taking, study, time management). The ARC, located in the Murdock Learning Resources Center (library), is open from 1:00-10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 12:00-4:00 p.m. on Friday. To schedule an appointment, go to the online schedule at arcschedule.georgefox.edu, call 503-554-2327, email the_arc@georgefox.edu, or stop by the ARC. Visit arc.georgefox.edu for information about ARC Consultants’ areas of study, instructions for scheduling an appointment, learning tips, and a list of other tutoring options on campus.

Accessibility and Disability

If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office as early as possible so that your learning needs can be appropriately met. For more information, go to georgefox.edu/dso or contact Rick Muthiah, Director of Learning Support Services (503-554-2314 or rmuthiah@georgefox.edu).

My desire as a professor is for this course to be welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including students who are English-language learners, have a variety of learning styles, have disabilities, or are new to online learning systems. Be sure to let me know immediately if you encounter a required element or resource in the course that is not accessible to you. Also, let me know of changes I can make to the course so that it is more welcoming to, accessible to, or usable by students who take this course in the future.