Europe Transformed (1450-1750) - HI432

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(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 early seventeenth century. 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.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

This module will be taught through one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar each week, with the exception of Enhancement Week and one week that will be dedicated to coursework feedback.

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by:

- Essay 1 (2,000 words) - 40%
- Essay 2 (2,000 words) - 40%
- Seminar Participation - 20%

Indicative reading

E. Cameron (ed.) (1999) Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History. Oxford: OUP
J.H. Elliot (2006) Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830. New Haven: Yale University Press
S.G. Ellis (2007) The Making of the British Isles: the State of Britain and Ireland 1450-1660. London: Routledge
R. Houlbrooke (2011) Britain and Europe 1500-1780. London: Bloomsbury
B. K├╝min (ed.) (2009) The European World 1500-1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History. London: Routledge
M.E. Weisener-Hanks (2006) Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789. Cambridge: CUP

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:

- 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 1600.
- Demonstrate the skills needed to understand, evaluate, contextualise and communicate effectively their knowledge of early modern history.
- 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.
- Understand the essential elements of the disciplines of political, social, economic and cultural history.

The intended generic outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate their problem solving skills and their ability to work both independently and within groups.
- Engage in independent work, using library resources, and will have practised and improved their skills in time management, historical research, organisation and analysis of material, oral presentations and essay-writing.
- Engage in group work in seminars, interacting effectively with others and working cooperatively on group tasks.
- Communicate complex concepts effectively both orally and through written work.
- 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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