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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
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to the history of early modern Europe, from around 1500 to around 1789. You do not need any prior knowledge of the period to take this course and it can be taken on its own or in conjunction with 'European History 1b (1789 to the Present)'
Course description The course shows how European society has changed as a result of the interplay of major economic, social, religious, political and cultural developments. It has a wide chronological and geographical span but seeks to balance breadth and depth of study by addressing the general developments that had significant impact on much of the European population, such as the voyages of exploration, the Renaissance, Reformations, Wars of Religion, Scientific Revolution, and French Revolution.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, 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) Coursework:
Students must submit one essay of 1,500-2,000 words including footnotes but excluding bibliography (20%) by the beginning of Week 5. They must submit one primary source analysis of 500-750 words (10%) by the beginning of Week 9. In addition, you will compile an online tutorial journal, to which you must contribute at least five posts by the beginning of Week 12. The aim of this exercise is to encourage reflection on your tutorial preparation and participation - especially oral contributions. Tutors will use this journal as one basis on which to award a non-written skills mark (5%) to you which accurately reflects your participation in tutorials (the other basis for the mark being the tutor's own judgment justified in a brief note to be reconciled with the journal and checked by the external examiner).

A degree exam of two hours' duration will take place in the December diet of assessment. There are no exemptions from the degree exam. The exam paper will be divided into two sections of six questions each. Section A will cover the period c.1500-c.1650, while Section B will cover the period c.1650-c.1789. Students must answer one question from each section. Visiting students (VS or VS1) are required to sit the degree exam.
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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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of the subject considered in the course
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
  4. demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
  5. demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
Reading List
Richard Mackenney, Sixteenth Century Europe (Basingstoke, 1993)
Beat Kümin (ed.), The European World, 1500-1800 (London, 2009)
E. Cameron (ed.), Early Modern Europe (Oxford, 2001)
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789 (Cambridge, 2006)
Henry Kamen, Early Modern European Society (London, 2000). This is available as an electronic book through the library catalogue.

For brief and clear articles on key topics or individuals you may also want to consult the following useful reference works: Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation; Longman Companion to the European Reformation; Encyclopedia of the Renaissance; Longman Companion to the French Revolution; Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment; Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research skills; critical interpretation of texts; oral and written presentation skills
Course organiserDr Felicity Green
Tel: (0131 6)51 3856
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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