The Early Modern World (V1227)

30 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to key events and processes in the early modern world (1450-1800). We will concentrate on a number of different subjects, including gender, politics, colonialism, religion, science, and empire, and aim to show how many of these themes are interconnected. We will touch on topics and events including the Renaissance, the Reformation, witch hunts, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, all with an eye to a global perspective. Through lectures, seminars and the practice of writing essays, you will acquire the ability to analyse the past in a critical fashion, taking into account not merely what other historians have said but also primary materials.


75%: Lecture
25%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: