Europe Transformed (1450-1750) - HI432

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
(version 4)
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) DR P Good checkmark-circle


This module will provide a survey of the major events, themes and historiographical debates in early modern history from the Renaissance, to religious wars of the seventeenth century, and the Enlightenment. This period in European history witnessed the cultural and social upheaval of the Reformation, the advent of print and the intellectual changes associated with Humanism, the formation of recognisably 'modern' nation states, and the beginnings of Europe’s troubled engagement with the wider world.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 21
Private study hours: 129
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Essay 1 2,000 words 40%
Essay 2 2,000 words 40%
Seminar Participation 20%

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Wiesner-Hanks, Merry, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789, (2nd ed., 2013)
Scott, Hamish, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350-1750, 2 vols (2015)
Braddick, Michael J., State Formation in Early Modern England, c. 1550-1750 (2000)
Brook, Timothy, Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World (2008)
Daston, Lorraine and Katherine Park, The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3, Early Modern Science (2006)
Davis, Natalie Zemon, Trickster Travels: A sixteenth-century Muslim between worlds (2007)
Outram, Dorinda, The Enlightenment, 2nd edition (2005).
Roodenburg, Herman, ed., Forging European Identities, 1400–1700 (2007)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand the political, social and cultural developments in the history of early modern Europe and its relationship to the wider world between c.1450 and 1750.
2 Demonstrate the skills needed to understand, evaluate, contextualise and communicate effectively their knowledge of early modern history.
3 Demonstrate their intellectual interest in the history of early modern Europe and their skills in researching historical subjects and in communicating their knowledge and ideas, both orally and in writing.
4 Understand the essential elements of the disciplines of political, social, economic and cultural history.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate their problem solving skills and their ability to work both independently and within groups.
2 Engage in independent work, using library resources, and will have practiced and improved their skills in time management, historical research, organisation and analysis of material, oral presentations and essay-writing.
3 Engage in group work in seminars, interacting effectively with others and working co-operatively on group tasks.
4 Communicate complex concepts effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods.
5 Demonstrate their communication skills and skills with IT.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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