I have ran and taught a variety of modules at university level, and these include the following:
Food and Health in Europe (1500 – 1750) a topic that explores the relationship between food and health in Britain and across Europe during the early modern period. In this module I taught third-year students about staple diets of the poor, the middle ‘class’ and the wealthy; about peasant hardship, famine and disease; about the arrival of diet-transforming foodstuffs from the New World; and about ideas relating to anatomy, medicine and nutrition.
From Renaissance to Enlightenment: Early modern Europe, c.1450-1715, a topic that introduces first-year history students to the vast religious, political, social, cultural, military and economic changes that were being witnessed across Europe. I focused on key developments and events, including the invention of the printing press and the discovery of the New World.
Gerrard Winstanley – A Seventeenth-century Radical Socialist. I devised, organised and ran this module to provide my students with an insight into English life during the seventeenth century, as known and experienced by Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) – an agitator for social justice during the turbulent days that followed the British Civil Wars. This module considers daily life during Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth; the social order, social obligations and the distribution of wealth; farming and changes in land usage; food production and consumption; education and literacy; law, order and popular protest; and radical religious sects.
I also mentor mature students and provide private tuition on English literature and history.