Connected Worlds (1450-1750) - HIST4330

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Peter Good checkmark-circle


This module will provide a survey of the major events in Eurasian history through the early modern period. It will cover the major social, cultural and religious changes in Europe including the reformation and Counter Reformation, while also mapping the rise of the "gunpowder empires" of West and South Asia and the adoption of Shi'ism in Iran.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Essay 1 (1500 words) 20%
Essay 2 (1500 words) 20%
Seminar Participation 10%
Exam (2 hours) 50%

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

M.S. Anderson. (1988) War and Society in Europe of the Old Regime 1618-1789. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press
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
B. Kümin (ed.). (2009) The European World 1500-1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History. London: Routledge
R. Houlbrooke. (2011) Britain and Europe 1500-1780. London: Bloomsbury Academic
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.
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.1600 and 1750.
2 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 Consider and demonstrate their understanding of critically relevant intellectual concepts as well as differences of opinion and interpretation both in the past and among historians.
2 Demonstrate their problem solving skills and ability to work independently.
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 to skills in 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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