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Undergraduate Course: European History 1 (HIST08002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course has a dual function. It provides a basic grounding in Modern European History as a preparation for students who are intending to do Honours History courses. It also seeks to provide a self-contained survey of European History that is both stimulating and informative for students taking the course as an outside subject or as part of an M.A. General degree. Its prime purpose is to demonstrate how European society has evolved as a result of the interply of the major economic, social, political and cultural developments of the last five centuries. A course with such a wide chronological and geographical span has to be rigorously selective, and in consequence the lecturers confine their attentions to those general developments that had a far-reaching influence on a major part of the European population. The course runs from c.1500 to the present day. Given the quickening pace of change within the time-span of the course, and the growing complexity of society that it engendered, the course devotes more attention to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries than to the period that preceded it.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  1
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Three 1-hour lectures per week for 22 weeks. Plus one 50-minute tutorial per week for 22 weeks.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 66, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 302 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The wide chronological and geographical span of the course confronts you with the problem of establishing the criteria by which 'importance' in human affairs is to be weighed - obliging you to compare disparate factors (economic, political, religious, etc.) as formative influences on the growth of society. The breadth of the course also encourages you to try to enter into the mentalities and concerns of societies far removed from your own experience. This combination helps to foster a perceptiveness and flexibility of mind that are prime assets not only in your own self-development but also in preparing you for the many professional careers in which these qualities are particularly valued. In learning about what we were, we find out more about what we are. All in all we hope that the course will help you to make sense of the Europe of which we are part.
Assessment Information
2 assignments in each semester of one essay and one source commentary. 1 three hour degree exam. (The coursework mark will also include the mark given for tutorial attendance and participation).
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Course organiserDr Stephen Bowd
Tel: (0131 6)50 3758
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50
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