HIST2345 Renaissance, Reformation, Revolt: Europe 1450–1650

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit explores the cultural and intellectual history of the period of the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe (ca. 1450-1650). The intellectual life of humanists both within and outside universities will be explored in the context of the emerging technology of print. 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. The rise of the nation state along with other major shifts in the political landscape, including wars both within and outside Europe, will be considered. Students will engage broadly with the history of science, religion, philosophy, literature, art, and emotions in the late medieval and early modern era. Students are given extensive opportunities to interpret original documents and artefacts across a broad geographical survey of Europe and in its interactions with Asia and the Americas. Students develop training in historiography by debating the key narratives of this period related to 'Renaissance' and 'Reformation', across Europe in the broader context of social, cultural, gender and intellectual approaches to the period.
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) demonstrate the ability to locate sources for research essays; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) primary source assessment; and (3) research essay with a self-developed annotated bibliography. 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 Kirk Essary
Unit rules
a Level 1 HIST
GEND unit
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
HIST2012 Renaissance, Reformation, Revolt: Europe 1450–1650
Contact hours
Up to 2 hours per week
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