Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Explores the medieval and early modern world from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to European expansion into the Americas. The course will cover key periods in pre-modern European History, from early medieval, to the high and late middle ages, the Renaissance and the early modern world. While roughly adhering to a chronological structure, the overall approach will be thematic. Thus, the early middle ages will introduce the themes which will be continued and expanded in the later periods, namely the role of the Christian Church in politics and society, the emergence of the modern state, trends in education and learning, interaction between Europe and other cultures through invasion and colonisation, and the evolution of social and gender relations. Students will learn how to evaluate the events, people and ideologies constituting this colourful period of European history.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. contextualized understanding of the major developments in European history from the fifth century to the seventeenth century

2. develop their knowledge about history as an advanced scholarly discipline

3. develop critical and analytical skills appropriate to first-year university students

4. develop research and reflective skills relevant to the study of the humanities

5. develop written and oral communications skills appropriate for a professionalised scholarly environment.


This course explores European history from the fall of the Roman world to European expansion into the Americas, focusing on the key issues and events which defined the medieval and early modern worlds, and which still resonate in our society today. Topics covered in lectures and tutorials might include: the 'Dark Ages', the Vikings, the Crusades, the Medieval Church, the Black Death, the Renaissance, the Reformation, discovery and colonisation of the New World.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay

In Term Test: Class test

Quiz: Essay writing and textbook quiz

Presentation: Two in class presentations