The Reformation (HIST*3750) | College of Arts

The Reformation (HIST*3750)

Code and section: HIST*3750*01

Term: Winter 2023

Instructor: Peter Goddard


3750 website:
History of Religion at Guelph and Guelph Humber:
Guelph History Department:

Course Description

This course studies the upheaval in Christian religious and social organization 1400-1700. Topics include “Traditional Christianity” and popular religion, Luther's reforms, the theological and political challenge of early Reformation, Calvin's Church in Geneva and the Low Countries, the "Radical Reformation" of the Mennonites, Hutterites and others, reform in the Northern and Northwestern Kingdoms of Europe as well as the Catholic world, and transformations in early modern social, political and gender relations.

Assignments & Evaluation:

Tri-weekly Question sets (3, worth 13 points each) - 39%
“My question is”?  Reflective Essay or other medium (video; podcast; photo-essay etc) - 22%
Final Exam (take-home format) - 29%
Participation: a grade derived from evidence of assigned reading; participation in interactive activity and discussion; engagement in class - 10%

Course Format:  

HIST*3750 Winter 2023 is an in-person class at the University of Guelph,  with two 80 minute classes a week. Extenuating circumstances may involve voice recording of lectures. Office hours can take place either on web platform or in person at MCKN 1014 or other location.


Euan Cameron, The European Reformation, 2nd ed. Oxford: OUP, 2012, and digitized documents and articles as linked to syllabus, website and/or Hist*3750 Course Reserve.

**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.**