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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2024AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History; Human Rights major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

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.

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
a Level 2 HIST unit
or EURO2201 European Civilisation
or 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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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.