HIS2084 : Europe's Reformations

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

Aims

This module aims to explore the intellectual and religious developments in Europe from the late middle ages to the end of the religious wars. The geographical scope of the module includes mainland Europe as well as the British kingdoms of England and Scotland.

The module aims to provide an opportunity of investigating, in some depth, selected problems including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture topics to include,

1. The world we have lost
2. The Renaissance
3. Germany and the Empire
4. Luther
5. What the Reformation did for us
6. The Swiss Reformation
7. England
8. France
9. Calvin
10. The Dutch Revolt
11. International Calvinism
12. The Wars of Religion
13. The French Wars of Religion
14. The Council of Trent and the Catholic Reformation
15. The Reformation of Manners
16. The world we have gained
17. The Thirty year's War
18. The English Civil War
19. Conclusion
20. Revision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion651:0065:0040% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading651:0065:0040% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study341:0034:0020% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A75unseen
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M252000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes and develops key skills in research, reading and writing. Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress. The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.

ERASMUS students at Newcastle have the option of writing one 3,000 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 assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, they need to discuss it with the module leader. It remains the case that, if an ERASMUS student wishes to do the same assessment 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.

Study Abroad students (i.e. non-EU exchange students) are required to complete the normal assessment under all circumstances.

Reading Lists

Timetable

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