Module Catalogue 2019/20

HIS1027 : European History

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Daniel Siemens
  • Lecturer: Dr Simon Mills, Dr Alejandro Quiroga, Dr Robert Dale, Professor Stella Ghervas, Dr Scott Ashley, Dr Felix Schulz, Professor Tim Kirk, Dr Shane McCorristine, Dr Matt Perry, Dr Nicola Clarke, Dr Luc Racaut
  • Teaching Assistant: Dr Anton Caruana Galizia, Dr Lauren Darwin, Dr Carmina Gustrán Loscos, Mr Ben Partridge
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

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.

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
Total200:00
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.

SEMINARS encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral presentation, interpersonal
communication, problem-solving skills, research skills and adaptability.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100Seen exam paper
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exams test 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.

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

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 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 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.