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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Week One | Magna Carta, Parliament and the Law 1215-1300

Welcome to Magna Carta and its legacies: Freedom and Protest. Our focus this week is Magna Carta in the 13th century. In the video lectures we'll be exploring the importance of Runnymede, the events of June 1215. The ideas contained within the great charter, and the story of how the Magna Carta, a failed peace treaty, became a permanent and iconic feature of English history. Join us in the forums, as we discuss whether King John was as bad as popular history suggests and debate whether Magna Carta is an extreme, or even revolutionary document.

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11 videos (Total 62 min), 1 reading
11 videos
1.2 - Magna Carta and the Medieval world: setting the scene for 1215 8m
1.3 - The importance of Runnymede 1m
1.4 - What happened at Runnymede? 10m
1.5 - The ideas contained within Magna Carta and its purpose 6m
1.6 - How did Magna Carta become a permanent feature of English history? 8m
1.7 - What did Magna Carta say? 6m
1.8 - The Making of Magna Carta 7m
1.9 - The Achievements 5m
1.10 - What happened to Magna Carta after it was sealed? 4m
1.11 - Week One Summary 1m
1 reading
Week 1 Readings10m
Week
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1 hour to complete

Week Two | The Reinvention of Magna Carta, 1508-164

This week is led by Professor Justin Champion, Professor of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway. The title for this week is <B>The reinvention of Magna Carta, 1508-1642</B>.<BR><BR><B>Week Two | Learning Outcomes</B><br><br>Gain an understanding of the uses of Magna Carta in the changing politics of the 16th and 17th centuries<BR>Gain an insight into the printed texts of the period in relation to Magna Carta<br><br>In this session we will explore:<br>How the sixteenth century public re-encountered the Magna Carta through new print editions and translations into English legal handbooks<br>How these print editions informed the development of legal thinking in the Inns of Court, and developed an understanding of liberty and the common law.<br>You will acquire a perspective on the printed history of texts (1508-1759) that either reproduced the text of the Magna Carta, or used it for specific legal or political purpose. <br>You will develop an understanding of the radical reinvention of the political significance of Magna Carta in the idea of the ‘Ancient constitution’ by exploring the efforts of Sir Edward Coke both in his legal commentaries and his Parliamentary activities.<br><br><b>Week Two | An Essential Read</b><br><br>As part of the Magna Carta 800th commemorative events Professor Champion has been engaged in an academic debate on the Liberty Fund website. We recommend you read his introduction to gain a grounding in the course themes for the next two weeks.<BR><br><a href= "https://d396qusza40orc.cloudfront.net/magnacarta/LEAD%20ESSAY%201.pdf">“Magna Carta after 800 Years: From liber homo to modern freedom”</a>

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7 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
2.2 - The Document and Artefact 8m
2.3 - An Introduction to the 17th Century Legal Profession 12m
2.4 - What is the Ancient Constitution? 5m
2.5 - The Discovery of Magna Carta: Common Law, The Ancient Constitution and Sir Edward Coke - part 1 7m
2.6 - The Ancient Constitution and Sir Edward Coke 19m
2.7 - Week Two Summary 1m
1 reading
Week 2 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz (13 Questions)
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Week Three | Magna Carta: Civil War to Revolution, 1642-1776

This week is again run by Professor Justin Champion and is entitled <b>Magna Carta: Civil War to Revolution, 1642-1776</b>.<br><br><b>Week Three | Learning Outcomes</b><BR> How Magna Carta was used in debates from the English Civil War to the American Revolution<BR>Consider how these ideas crossed both time and space<BR>How historians might identify and begin to analyse relevant publication patterns in respect to the two learning objectives above

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9 videos (Total 42 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
3.2 - The Discovery of Magna Carta: Common Law, The Ancient Constitution and Sir Edward Coke - part 2 7m
3.3 - Who was Free Born John and What did he represent? 1m
3.4 - Who were the Whigs? 2m
3.5 - The Legacy of Sir Edward Coke and the Reinvention of Liber Homo into the Freeborn Englishman - part 1 8m
3.6 - The Legacy of Sir Edward Coke and the Reinvention of Liber Homo into the Freeborn Englishman - part 2 7m
3.7 - How did Magna Carta and its principles take root in America? 5m
3.8 - Interpreting Political Cartoons 5m
3.9 - Week Three Summary 1m
1 reading
Week 3 Readings10m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Week Four | Magna Carta and the wider world: Constitution Making

This week is run by Dr. Emm Johnstone and is entitled <b>Magna Carta and the wider world: Constitution Making</b><br><br><b>Week Four | Learning Outcomes</b><br><br>Over the course of this week it is hoped that you will gain a deeper insight and have an understanding of the following:<br><br><b>Knowledge and understanding</b><br>A deeper understanding of debates over property rights and land rights in the 19th century<br>Knowledge of parliamentary reform in the 19th and 20th centuries<br>Knowledge and understanding of the reasons for remembrance and commemoration<br><b>Skills</b><br>The ability to engage with the history of ideas and arguments<br>The ability to interpret conflicting historical accounts of key documents and events<br>The ability to engage with peers constructively in online debates<br><b>Attributes</b>Self-guided research making use of online databases<br>Visiting heritage sites and related websites to explore historical connections with slavery<BR><BR><B>Week Four | Essential task prior to the lectures</b> Please begin by reading Ralph V. Turner’s <a hre= "http://www.historytoday.com/ralph-v-turner/meaning-magna-carta-1215">The Meaning of Magna Carta since 1215</a>, in History Today Volume: 53 Issue: 9 2003

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8 videos (Total 43 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
4.2 - Explaining Constitutions 2m
4.3 - Why isn't the Uk's constitution codified - and should it be? 12m
4.4-An interview with Linda Colley- The Unwritten Constitution7m
4.5-An interview with Linda Colley- The Legacy of Magna Carta 9m
4.6 - Magna Carta and Slavery - the American perspective 5m
4.7 - Magna Carta and Slavery - the British perspective 2m
4. 8 - Week Four Summary 1m
1 reading
Week 4 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz (13 Questions)

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Dr Emmett Sullivan

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History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London

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