The Early Modern World (HIST*1010) | College of Arts

The Early Modern World (HIST*1010)

Code and section: HIST*1010*01

Term: Winter 2017

Instructor: Susannah Ferreira

Details

Course Synopsis:

History 1010 is an introductory-level course about Europe and its interactions with the outside world between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries. The course covers many of the major events and movements that influenced the development of so-called Western culture including: the Italian Renaissance and Reformations; the overseas expansion and global imperialism, the emergence of scientific culture, the enlightenment and the political revolutions of the eighteenth century.
By the end of the course students in History 1010 should have gained a broad sense of historical development and an understanding of how key elements of ‘Western’ culture (e.g. beliefs in liberalism and rationalism) were shaped by key events in early modern European History. Students should have developed an informed historical perspective by critically evaluating traditional narratives of European history (e.g. that European society in this period was constantly ‘progressing’ or that Europeans consistently dominated the other societies with which they came into contact).

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Document Studies (weekly) - 10%
Research Assignment - 10%
Midterm Map Test - 15%
Research Paper - 35%
Final Exam - 30%

Texts and/or Resources Required:

Cameron, Euan. Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

*Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.

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