THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2007/2008
The European Witch-Hunt (U01082)
The age of the Renaissance and Reformation was also the age in which many people throughout Europe, Catholic and Protestant, became convinced that society was threatened by conspiracies of witches. Thousands of people, mostly lower-class women, were executed. The course delves into intellectual, cultural and social history to explain how this happened, and why.
? This course is not available to visiting students.
? Pre-requisites : A pass in a third level historical course or equivalent.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : 4th year
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 22 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a grasp of historical causation
- engage at high level with scholarly debate
- evaluate arguments critically
- express their ideas on the above in oral and written form.
More specifically, they should be able to:
- understand the role of witch-beliefs in the culture of early modern Europe
- understand the social processes that led to witch-hunting
- balance the distinctive regional patterns of witch-hunting against the common experience of Europe as a whole
- understand the legal, political, religious and intellectual developments that led witch-hunting first to grow and then to decline.
Two 5000 word essays
Two two-hour exams
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Ms Wezi Mhura
Dr Julian Goodare
Course Website : http://www.shc.ed.ac.uk/scothistory/undergraduate/
School Website : http://www.shc.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/