HIST 3037 - Early Modern Europe
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code HIST 3037 Course Early Modern Europe Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study Incompatible HIST 2063 Course Description The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are often claimed by historians to represent the transition between the medieval and modern worlds. The aim of this course is to examine this notion that the early modern era witnessed the rise of modernity. It will do so by discussing the 'key' transformations, including the Black Death, Renaissance, Reformation and Scientific Revolution, but also those aspects of the period which do not seem that modern, like the witch hunts. Through lectures, tutorials and a particular emphasis on primary documents, students will be challenged to consider just what constitutes 'modern' and 'medieval' thought and practice. Moreover, the notion of 'great events' in history and how aptly labels like 'renaissance' periodize our study of the past will be considered. In addition, through a-v material, art and extracts from their writings, the images, sounds and words of da Vinci, Luther, Copernicus and the witches will bring this fascinating period of history alive.
Course Coordinator: Dr Claire WalkerThis course is taught by:
Dr Claire Walker
phone: 831 35159
office: Napier 312
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Formal contact hours consist of:
1 x 100-minute lecture per week
1 x 50-minute tutorial per week
Course Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to demonstrate:
1. a broad knowledge of the history of early modern Europe and the ways in which historians have interpreted and explained this history.
2. identify and use effectively a wide variety of secondary sources relevant to the study of early modern European history, and in particular to understand and critically to evaluate the arguments of historians.
3. contextualise and interpret a wide variety of primary sources, including early modern texts, images and physical artefacts.
4. construct evidence-based arguments in which students engage with the key debates about the nature of early modern European history.
5. communicate their own ideas about the history of early modern Europe - both orally and in writing - in a manner that is clear and persuasive.
6. access and use effectively the range of relevant primary and secondary sources on early modern European history that are available on-line.
7. develop and communicate their ideas about the history of early modern Europe within the scholarly conventions of the discipline of history.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
4, 7 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3, 5, 6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5, 6, 7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesA Course Reader, containing the texts that need to be read prior to each tutorial discussion, will be available at the start of the course.
Kümin, Beat, ed. The European World 1500-1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History. 2nd edn. London & New York: Routledge, 2013.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E. Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
It’s not essential to purchase these book but it’s HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The texts offer a useful guide for orientation & background reading, and weekly tutorial further reading includes excerpts.
The course has a website, accessible through Canvas. Please consult it regularly for updates, lecture notes, additional resources.
The University has access to a number of academic journals that have full text articles available online. Use Academic OneFile , Academic Search Premier , Project Muse and JSTOR databases (on the Library’s catalogue) to locate articles in these journals.
Librarians at the Barr-Smith library have also compiled a very useful guide to sources for medieval and early modern history, particularly relating to heresy and witchcraft held by the University. This can be accessed online at:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course will be delivered through the medium of interactive lectures and small-group tutorials.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 2-hour lecture per week
24 hours per semester
1 x 1-hour tutorial per week
12 hours per semester
6 hours reading per week
72 hours per semester
2 hours research per week
24 hours per semester
2 hours assignment preparation per week
24 hours per semester
TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
WEEK & LECTURE/TUTORIAL TOPICS**
2. Late Medieval Background
3. Information Literacy: Researching Early Modern Europe
5. Age of Discovery
7. Scientific Revolution
8. Absolutism and Louis XIV
9. Early Modern Communities
10. Witch hunts
11. Conclusion: Enlightenment, Reason & Modernity
12. End of Semester Class Test
**This is an example only and may change, according to timetable scheduling.
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe weekly tutorials will involve numerous small-group activities in which students will be given problems to address relating to primary and secondary source materials. The work completed by small groups of students in the tutorials will be fed back into the course in subsequent lectures or via Canvas.
The students will also be placed in groups of 4-5 to conduct the Research Challenge, where they locate a primary source relevant for a set topic, research it, and present their findings to the class.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment Task Task Type Due Learning Outcome
Quiz Summative First half of semester 1, 2
Research Essay Formative & summative Second half of semester 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
Class Test Summative Week 12 1, 2, 5
Research Challenge Formative & summative Week topic is covered in tutorial 3, 5, 6
Tutorial Participation Formative & summative Weekly 1, 2, 5
The precise deadlines for submission will be published in the course handbook, which is available on the Canvas site for this course.
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
On-line quiz assessing understanding of material presented in lectures & tutorials (10%)
3,000 word research essay on question from relevant tutorial topic (50%)
1,000 word class test requiring short answer responses to material covered in tutorials (20%)
500 word research challenge conducted in small groups on a designated topic (10%)
Tutorial participation where students engage in class activities and discussions (10%)
SubmissionStudents will submit all their assessments on-line via Canvas. Instructions on how to do this will be given to students at the outset of the course.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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