Module Catalogue 2016/17

HIS1045 : Themes in European History (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Luc Racaut
  • Lecturer: Prof. David Saunders, Dr Matt Perry
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The module aims to provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems in the history of Europe, by appraising selected source material and critically examining current historiography. In particular the module aims to provide background for more specialised study of individual themes and/or relatively short periods in the history of various European societies.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module leader will give an introductory lecture, after which s/he and other lectures will each give blocks of lectures. The blocks will vary from year to year in accordance with the availability and interests of lecturers, but they will be selected in such a way that they complement each other. Thus they may be on different chronological periods (e.g. Medieval, Early Modern and Modern Europe) or different geographical areas (e.g. Western, Central, Eastern Europe) or different topics (e.g. Migrations, Agriculture, Industry, Towns, Religion, The Environment, State-Building, Warfare, Nationalism, Class Formation, International Relations, Empire). Whatever the principal criterion for the selection of a particular set of blocks, lecturers will draw attention to other possible criteria to the extent that time permits.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The module will introduce students to examples of the range of material they will study in more depth in the School's more specialised Stage 2 modules on the history of various European societies. It will enable students to understand in broad outline the chronological, geographical, and perhaps even causal relationships among some of the major developments in European history.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Development of associated skills in research, critical reading and reasoning, sustained discussion and appropriate presentation of the results.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Negotiation : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion731:0073:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading731:0073:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars based on 15 groups
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0018:0010% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures - impart core knowledge and an outline of the knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests knowledge outcomes and develops skills in research, reading and writing.

ERASMUS students at Newcastle One 2,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all work required of domestic students. It remains the case that, if an ERASMUS student specifically requests that s/he be permitted to do the same assessments as the domestic students, that option remains open to them. No variation of the deadlines will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2016/17 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.