HIST3012 Rights, Rule and Power: From Magna Carta to the French Revolution

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit explores the changing nature of power, governance, rule and the demand for rights in medieval and early modern Europe. Students analyse major developments in social and political power, and their expression in written texts, art, music, literature, social experience and political movements. The unit examines the nature of rule in Europe, its relationship to religious, political, social and cultural beliefs, and its development and expression in civil wars, riots and protest, and international warfare. Students are given extensive opportunities to develop methodological skills in this unit, by interpreting original documents and artefacts across a broad chronological survey of medieval and early modern Europe, assessing historians' approaches to these sources, and establishing their own analyses in the context of the current scholarly interpretations and narratives of the period.
Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic methodological issues characteristic of the discipline of History (although completion of the major requires further Level 3 units to augment and reinforce this instruction); (2) identify and evaluate the methodological problems posed by the nature of sources and analysis of Europe in the medieval and early modern period; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the social, political, cultural and intellectual changes that occurred in medieval and early modern Europe; (4) analyse a range of historical material of various kinds for essay assessments using appropriate methodologies; (5) relate their independent interpretations to complex historiographical debates about medieval and early modern Europe; and (6) further develop the ability earlier imparted in the prerequisite Level 2 unit to present advanced arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) participation; and (3) assignment. 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)
Associate Professor Jacqueline Van Gent
Unit rules
a Level 2 HIST unit
EURO2201 European Civilisation
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Contact hours
Lecture - 1 hr per week; Tutorial - 1 hr per week; Workshop - 1 hr per week
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