European History 1500-1800


Course Objective

To provide students with knowledge about and insight in the most
important aspects of early modern European History. Acquaint students
with different types of source material.

Course Content

When does the early modern period start? This intriguing question is
still debated. Fact is that around the year 1500 a number of
developments set in that further shaped, but also changed Europe
fundamentally. What to think of the Reformation, which tore apart the
‘unity’ in the Church and divided Europe deeply. This was also the era
of Europe’s serious overseas expansion, with dramatic consequences for
the economies of Europe and people all over the globe. European’s
curiosity was not confined to discovering the globe, as scientists
fundamentally challenged ideas and notions about the nature of the
cosmos and its functioning. New ideas were also applied to the notions
of man and governance during the period of Enlightenment, and they posed
a threat to the Ancien Regime with its absolutist tendencies, ultimately
leading to democratic revolutions in a number of states. All these
themes are highlighted during this course.

Teaching Methods

A weekly lecture and a weekly seminar.

Method of Assessment

Assignments (25%) and a written exam (75%).

Target Audience

Obligatory for BA1 Geschiedenis/History students. Recommended for
with a serious interest in early modern European History.

General Information

Course Code L_GABAGES122
Credits 3 EC
Period P2
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. E. Hagen
Examiner dr. E. Hagen
Teaching Staff dr. E. Hagen
dr. H.M.E.P. Kuijpers

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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