The Early Modern World

Module code: V1227
Level 4
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination

This module introduces you to what may be an unfamiliar period of history by exploring some of the central themes of early modern history, and the various ways in which they have been debated by historians. It also equips you with the writing and research skills essential for a successful university career.

Focusing on the period between 1500 and 1700, debates over social polarisation, cultural differentiation, cultures of Protestantism, the context of the English civil war, issues of gender, and the meanings of monarchy and republicanism will be examined.

Module learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of key themes and controversies in British and European history, 1500-1700.
  • A critical familiarity with the historians contributions and debates and the ability to contrast and evaluate varied historiographical approaches to these topics.
  • The ability to construct arguments based on their reading of secondary sources.
  • The ability to research a topic using library and internet resources.
  • The ability to communicate ideas writing and to interact in a group setting.