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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Early Modern Europe, 1450-1648
Module Code HY115
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Celeste McNamara
Semester 2: Celeste McNamara
Autumn: Celeste McNamara
Module TeachersGrania Shanahan
Celeste McNamara
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Early Modern Europeans witnessed and experienced a series of massive paradigm shifts that transformed elements of their lives. They lived through the Renaissance, the Reformations of religion, an era of global exploration and conquest, and the development of nation states, all of which marked a fundamental shift from the medieval period. And yet in other ways we see deep continuity with the past. Looking at European history in this period allows us to ask questions about the nature of “Europe” and “Europeanness,” early moves towards globalization, and both change and continuity in religious, cultural, social, and political realms.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and explain the major social, political, and cultural changes that took place in early modern Europe.
2. Evaluate the impact of European culture and conquest on the wider world.
3. Engage critically with a wide range of historical sources, primary and secondary.
4. Access and critically evaluate electronic sources.
5. Research and write an essay presenting an argument based in the historical literature and making use of readings and research.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study166Independent Study and assignment completion
Total Workload: 190

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Lecture Topics may include
print culture, exploration, conquest and colonization, Humanism, the Renaissance, religious reform, everyday life, the inquisition, religious violence, the 30 Years War.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project Research and create entry for timeline25%As required
Loop Quiz3 multiple choice quizzes10%As required
Digital ProjectVideo/audio exploration of primary source45%As required
Completion of online activityCollaborative annotations on assigned readings20%Every Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks: 0, Early modern Europe, 1450-1789 (2006, 2013)., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
  • Beat Kumin (ed.),: 0, The European world, 1500-1800 (London, 2009).,
  • Stephen J. Lee,: 0, Aspects of European history, 1494-1789 (London, 1984) e-book.,
  • E.F. Rice and A Grafton: 0, The foundations of early modern Europe, 1460-1559 (New York, 1994).,
  • Euan Cameron (ed.): 0, , Early modern Europe: an Oxford history (Oxford, 1999).,
Other Resources

49395, Loop, 0, Key readings will be provided on Loop as will an extensive reading list of materials available in the library.,
Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJLBachelor of Arts (BAJL)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)

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