The Early Modern World

Module code: V1227
Level 4
30 credits in autumn semester
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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key themes and controversies in history, 1500-1800.
  • Demonstrate a critical familiarity with key historians’ contributions and key debates, and contrast and evaluate varied historiographical approaches to these topics.
  • Construct arguments based on the critical comparison of secondary sources.
  • Research a range of topics using printed and digital resources.
  • Communicate ideas effectively in writing.