UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HIST2012 Renaissance, Reformation, Revolt: Europe 1450–1650

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit explores the cultural and intellectual history of the period of the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe. Students analyse the major beliefs and practices of the Reformation and Catholic Reformation movements, and their expression in written texts, art, music, literature, social experience and missionary contact. It examines the nature of rule in Europe, its relationship to religious, political, social and cultural beliefs, and its development and expression in revolts, civil wars and international warfare in Europe. The intellectual life of the universities, scientific academics and cultural institutions are also explored in the context of the emerging technology of print. Students are given extensive opportunities to interpret original documents and artefacts across a broad geographical survey of Europe and in its interactions with the world beyond. Students develop training in historiography by debating the key narratives of this period such as 'Renaissance' and 'Reformation', across Europe in the broader context of social, cultural, gender and intellectual approaches to the period.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic historiographical issues characteristic of the discipline of History through the example of the historiography of the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe; (2) identify and evaluate the historiographical problems posed by historical interpretation of the cultural, religious and intellectual life of the early modern period; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the period 1450 to 1650 in Europe; (4) locate appropriate sources for research essays; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tutorial and workshop participation; (2) a 1000-word history-in-practice exercise; (3) a self-developed annotated bibliography; and (4) a 2500-word research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Elizabeth Reid
Unit rules
Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Days of our Lives: Gender in Australia
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/HIST2012/SEM-2/2017

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