Module Identifier HY31120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael F Roberts  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Dr Martyn J Powell  
Mutually Exclusive HY31020 , HY31820  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours (2 x 2 hours)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment Essay: 2 x 2,500 word essays  30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be:
a) Familiar with a body of historical knowledge in the field of early modern Europe
b) Familiar with comparative perspectives on the history of modernity, and Europe''s role in early globalisation
c) Able to read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts
d) Able to gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Able to work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed)

Brief description

To provide a broad 'survey' of Early Modern European history from the Renaissance to the eve of the Industrial Revolution, examined through landmark 'events' and selected biographical case studies. The course will ask why, and how plausibly, developments such as the Renaissance and Reformation, the 'Discovery' of the New World by Europeans, the 'Rise of Capitalism', the 'Scientific Revolution' and the 'Decline of Magic' have been viewed as shaping a distinctively 'modern' world. The questions asked in the course are fundamental for newcomers to the period, but the case studies to be examined are also intended to complement and refine, rather than to duplicate, the treatment of Early Modern history in courses offered at Level One and elsewhere at Level 3.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
John Hale (1993) The Civilisation of Europe in the Renaissance
Jean-Baptiste Duroselle (1990) Europe: A History of its Peoples (Chapters 11 & 12)


This module is at CQFW Level 6