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Undergraduate Course: European History 1a (1500-1789) (HIST08030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course has a dual function. It provides a basic grounding in Early 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 Early Modern European History that is both stimulating and informative for students taking the course as an outside subject or as part of an M.A. degree. Its prime purpose is to demonstrate how European society has evolved as a result of the interplay of major economic, social, political and cultural developments of the period c.1500-c.1789. 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 such as the Renaissance, Reformation, War, Scientific discoveries, and the French Revolution.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  288
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 28, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 65 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 5 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Primary source analysis (c.500-750 words, 10% of mark); essay (1500 to 2000 words, 20% of mark); non-written skills (5% of mark); examination in Weeks 13/14, 2 questions in two hours from two sections (twelve questions in total, 65% of mark).
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course students will:
- have a broad understanding of key events and developments in European history between c. 1500 and c. 1789.
- have a critical understanding of some of the main theories, concepts and terminology used in current historiography on early modern European history.
- be familiar with a range of secondary and primary resources (including databases) available in the University Library.
- be able critically to evaluate arguments from a variety of secondary works.
- be able to understand primary texts and analyse them in terms of authorial intention, genre, audiences, and historical contexts.
- have demonstrated the above skills by way of a sound and properly referenced analytical essay, a source commentary, an examination, and active participation in tutorials.

Reading List
Henry Kamen, European Society 1500-1700
Richard Mackenney, Sixteenth Century Europe
Andrew Pettegree, Europe in the Sixteenth Century
Thomas Munck, Seventeenth Century Europe (all pb).
Euan Cameron (ed.), Early Modern Europe: an Oxford History
Thomas Brady, Heiko A. Oberman and James D. Tracy (eds.), Handbook of European History, 1400-1600, 2 vols
T.C.W. Blanning, The Pursuit of Glory
M.E. Wiesner Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789
W. Doyle, The Old European Order, 1660-1800 (Oxford pb)
D.J. Sturdy, Fractured Europe 1600-1721 (Blackwell pb)
E. Cameron (ed.), Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History (Oxford pb)
J. Bergin (ed.), The Seventeenth Century: Europe 1598-1715 (OUP pb)
T.K. Rabb, The Struggle for Stability in early Modern Europe, 1500-1715 (Oxford pb)
D. Kirby, Northern Europe in the Early Modern Period: The Baltic World, 1492-1772 (Longman pb). O. Hufton, Europe: Privilege and Protest, 1730-1789
G. Rudé, Revolutionary Europe, 1783-1815 (both Fontana pb)
M.S. Anderson, Europe in the 18th Century 1713-83 (Longman pb)
F.L. Ford, Europe, 1780-1830 (Longman pb)
T. C. W. Blanning (ed.), The Eighteenth Century (OUP pb)
J. Black, Eighteenth-century Europe, 1700-1789 (Macmillan pb)
E.J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Revolution, 1789-1848 (Abacus pb).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research skills; critical interpretation of texts; oral and written presentation skills
Course organiserDr Thomas Ahnert
Tel: (0131 6)50 3777
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50
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