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Unit Overview


This unit introduces and explores modes of life, thought and culture in pre-modern Europe from 800–1800 CE. Through examining select historical sources we consider questions such as—How did people understand themselves as individuals, and relate to their families, friends, and neighbours? What does the study of cathedrals, castles and princely palaces tell us about medieval and early modern thought and society? What were the religious beliefs of early Europeans, and how did these affect their ideas of life in the world, the course of history, and human identity? Why did many people believe in magic and fear witchcraft? Why and how did early Europe develop the cults of chivalry and romantic love? What does the development of new cultural forms, such as theatre and literary romance, tell us about social and cultural change?

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the History major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) formulate sound arguments about how human actions in pre-modern Europe were shaped by their historical contexts (social, ideological and cultural); (2) describe the historical processes in Europe 800–1800 leading to social, ideological and cultural changes that have shaped aspects of modern global culture; (3) demonstrate knowledge of a range of key debates in the social, ideological and cultural history of pre-modern Europe; (4) identify, critically evaluate and respond to arguments presented in secondary sources; (5) identify, critically evaluate and respond to evidence presented in primary sources (historical writings, literature, art and architecture); (6) express ideas cogently in verbal and essay forms, using both primary and secondary sources to support arguments; and (7) reference written work in accordance with the History guide to the documentation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial/workshop participation; (2) assignments; and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jacqueline Van Gent
Unit rules
MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe, MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 20 hours (from week 1)
tutorials: 10 hours (from week 2)
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.