HIST 3037 - Early Modern Europe

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HIST 3037
    Course Early Modern Europe
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 2
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Claire Walker

    This course is taught by:

    Dr Claire Walker
    e-mail: claire.i.walker@adelaide.edu.au
    phone: 831 35159
    office: Napier 312
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students 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
    1
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Primary and secondary sources for each tutorial discussion, will be available on MyUni at the start of the course.
    Recommended Resources

    Kümin, Beat, ed. The European World 1500-1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History. 3rd edn. London & New York: Taylor and Francis, 2017. 

    It’s not essential to purchase this book but it’s HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The text offers a useful guide for orientation & background reading, and weekly tutorial further reading includes excerpts.
    Online Learning

    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. This can be accessed online at:
    http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/hist3037
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face-to-face teaching on campus consisting of two lectures and one tutorial per week. Lectures and Tutorials begin in Week 1 of semester. Attendance at the lectures is important as they provide the context for the tutorial discussions and introduce themes and personalities that students will encounter in the more sophisticated tutorial readings.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will need to devote approximately 12 hours per week to this course (divided over 12 weeks of study). This consists of 2 x 1-hour lectures and one tutorial per week, and 9 hours per week of independent study, during which time students will prepare for tutorials and work on assignments.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Draft Lecture Program (Please note that these topics and
    dates may vary. Final Program located on MyUni in June.)

    Week 1 L: Introduction to Early Modern Europe
    L2: Late Middle Ages
    T: After the Black Death
    Week 2 L1: The Renaissance
    L2: Resources for Essays & SGDE
    T: Humanism
    Week 3 L1: The Age of Discovery
    L2: The Columbian Exchange
    T: New Worlds and Peoples
    Week 4 L1: The Protestant Reformation
    L2: Religious Change & its Consequences
    T: Media and Religious Change
    Week 5 L1: The Scientific Revolution
    L2: James Burke, The Day the Universe Changed
    T: Copernicus & Galileo
    Week 6 L1: Early Modern Political Systems
    L2: Versailles and the Ancien Regime
    T: Louis XIV
    Week 7 L1: Skills
    L2: Skills
    T: Essay Writing Intensive
    Week 8 L1: Sorts of People: Men, Women & Children
    L2: The Social Order and Structure
    T: Marriage and Household
    Week 9 Film: The Return of Martin Guerre T: Early Modern Identity & Martin Guerre
    Week 10 L1: Early Modern Witch Hunts
    L2: Witchcraft Case Study
    T: Witchcraft and Communities
    Week 11 L1: Enlightenment, Reason & Modernity
    L2: Conclusion
    T: Debate
    Week 12 No Lectures - Take Home Exam No Tutorial - Take Home Exam
    Specific Course Requirements
    Participation in tutorials is a compulsory component of the course. Please inform your tutor prior to the tutorial if you are unable to attend. It may be possible to ‘make-up’ a tutorial at another time.
    Small Group Discovery Experience

    The 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 students will also be placed in groups of 4-6 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. Time will be allocated towards this activity in lectures and tutorials.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment tasks are:

    1. Online Quiz (10%)
    2. Research Essay (40%)
    3. Take-Home Class Test (30%)
    4. SGDE Research Challenge (10%)
    5. Tutorial Participation (10%)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Participation in tutorials is a compulsory component of the course. Please inform your tutor prior to the tutorial if you are unable to attend. It may be possible to ‘make-up’ a tutorial at another time.
    Assessment Detail
    The online multiple-choice quiz will be based upon material from classes in the first four weeks of the course.

    The research essay (3,000 words) will answer one of the essay questions to be located on MyUni, and students will be assessed on their research skills, ability to analyse primary and secondary sources, and how they employ the knowledge from these sources in a coherent and well-written response to the question. At 3000 level, students are expected to make good use of primary sources to support their argument.

    The SGDE Assignment brings together the skills of each member of the group to explain their chosen topic in the form of a class presentation, with powerpoint slides.

    The take-home exam requires two short answers. One will relate to a topic covered during the semester and the other will ask students to consider one of the broader themes considered during the course.

    Tutorial participation includes students' contribution to discussion in small groups and in whole-class discussions. Regular participation is essential for obtaining a pass mark.
    Submission
    Online Submission of Assignments (e-submission) via MyUni

    Assignments are due before 11:59 pm. They are submitted in electronic format. Precise instructions on how to do this will be issued in due course

    Extensions
    Students wishing to apply for an extension need to submit the relevant form available at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html to the faculty office prior to the due date for the assignment.

    Exceptions to the Policy
    If one of the following criteria is met, an informal extension can be organised with the course coordinator or tutor:
    · assessment item is worth 20% or less;
    · student is registered with the Disability Office (need to attach a Access Plan).
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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