HIS1045 : Themes in European History

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Luc Racaut
  • Owning School:
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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.

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.

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

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