Europe from Renaissance to Revolution, 1450-1800

Course code HIST2461Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries are often claimed by historians to represent the transition between the medieval and modern worlds. Beginning with the Renaissance and Reformation in the sixteenth century, and ending with Revolution in the eighteenth century, the era was characterised by intellectual, religious and political upheaval, which affected all levels of society, not only the elites. Through lectures, tutorials and a particular emphasis on primary documents, students will examine not only the great events of this era, but will also delve below the surface to discuss the impact of these changes on the lives of ordinary men and women.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
ObjectivesStudents undertaking this course should: gain contextualised understanding of a critical turning point in the history of the modern world; develop their knowledge about history as an advanced scholarly discipline; develop critical and analytical skills appropriate to upper-level university students; develop research and reflective skills relevant to the study of the humanities; and develop written and oral communications skills appropriate for a professionalised scholarly environment.
ContentThis course will examine some of the main events, people and transformations of the early modern age in a quest to discover whether this era marks the beginning of modernity. Topics covered in lectures and tutorials might include: the legacy of the medieval world; the Renaissance; religious change;
the impact of the New World; the rise of science;
women and the family; popular culture; and the 'witchcraze'.

Please note: this course is structured around three key periods: the Renaissance (Part 1), the Reformation (Part 2) and the Enlightenment (Part 3). Its structure reflects the focus on developing individual research skills and is delivered in blended and flexible format. The first four weeks (in class) cover Parts 1 and 2 of the course. In weeks 5-7 (individual research weeks) students will submit brief weekly source analyses relating to the research for their first research essay, which is due in week 8. Weeks 8 and 9 (in class) we return to study the Enlightenment (Part 3), followed by 2 weeks (10 and 11) of individual research towards the second essay, due in week 13.
Replacing Course(s)HIST3460
TransitionStudents who have completed HIST3460 are not eligible to enrol
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsThree to five written assignments, which might include a major essay, tutorial paper, essay proposal, or other similar exercises as specified in the course guide, totalling no more than 5,000 words, 70%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, assessed through class presentations and submission of preparation notes, 30%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for HIST2461