After the Black Death: Europe 1348 - 1789 - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Document Analysis (20%) , Journal - Reflective Journal (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00

This unit was previously known as MHIX121 The Worlds of Early Modern Europe.

In 1348 an horrific pandemic struck western Europe. The Black Death killed between one-third and one-half of the European population and threatened the collapse of Europe's glittering medieval civilization. This unit explores what happened next. Over the next four-and-one-half centuries, Europe experienced a period of dramatic and enduring change, out which many features of the modern, western world emerged. Beginning with the horrors of the Black Death, this era witnessed the splendor of the Renaissance, violent religious disputes and changes, the challenge of the new world of the Americas, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and closed with the bloodshed and upheaval of the French Revolution.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand and explain the extent to which European life altered between the Middle Ages and the French Revolution.
  2. analyze and assess the impact that various events, movements, and ideas had on European societies and cultures during the early modern period.
  3. read, evaluate, and ask questions of a variety of primary source documents.
  4. synthesize their understanding and analysis into clear, specific, historical arguments presented in grammatically correct writing with appropriate references.
  5. engage with staff and other students in critical, open, and evidence-based classroom/online discussions.
  • Analysis Task — Document Analysis (20%)
  • Journal — Reflective Journal (20%)
  • Paper 1 — Short Paper (20%)
  • Paper 2 — Final Synoptic Paper (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST150 — The Worlds of Early Modern Europe

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Medieval Legacy
2A Century of Crisis
4The Natural World
5New Worlds
6The Sacred and the Profane
7Intimate Lives
9The Social World
11The Scientific Revolution

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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