The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries in Europe 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 immense dynamism and upheaval in the cultural, religious and political spheres, bringing about the transformation of all levels of European society, not only the elites. Through lectures, tutorials and with a particular emphasis on primary documents, students will examine not only the key events of this era, but also will delve below the surface to discuss the impact of these changes on the lives of ordinary men and women.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3460. Students who have successfully completed HIST3460 are not eligible to enrol in HIST2461.

Learning outcomes

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

1. gain contextualised understanding of a critical turning point in the history of the modern world;

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

3. develop critical and analytical skills appropriate to upper-level 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 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; Renaissance art and architecture; religious change and war in the Reformation; the impact of the New World; the rise of science in the Enlightenment.
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.
In this course, face-to-face learning consists of Lectures and Tutorials, each 2 hours. Ongoing individual research and writing will be set for the non-contact weeks throughout semester.


This course replaces HIST3460. If you have successfully completed HIST3460 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

Participation: Tutorial facilitation

Written Assignment: Research Essay preparation notes

Written Assignment: Research Essay

Written Assignment: Reflective Essay 2