The Age of Revolution: Europe from the Reign of Terror to the First World War - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • 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: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignments - Blog Posts (20%) , Essay - Major Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00

This unit was previously known as HSTX290 European History from the French Revolution to Freud.

How did the eighteenth-century dream of a more enlightened, rational society end with the bloodbath of the French Revolution? How was Europe reconstructed after Napoleon’s continent-wide dictatorship? Why did this effort also, eventually, end in the horror is war? This unit explores such questions, tracing the revolutionary effects of Europe’s experimentation with democracy, its discovery of fossil-fuel efficiencies, and its efforts to rethink the place of religion, women, the poor, and much else in society. The European nineteenth century witnessed the rise of what would later appear pillars of modernity, including left-right politics, nationalism, and secular science. It also, however, produced the very things that would threaten it from the inside out: an overweening sense of racial superiority and various forms of political and cultural extremism.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand and explain the key threads of European history from 1789 to 1914
  2. understand and explain this relationship of Europe to the rest of the world through the long nineteenth century
  3. produce written work on multiple aspects of European history based on primary and secondary sources
  4. construct persuasive historical arguments through cogent writing with appropriate references
  5. question and analyse sources
  6. engage in applying critical creative thinking
  7. communicate effectively in a range of written forms
  8. participate positively in group debates and discussions.
  • Assignments — Blog Posts (20%)
  • Essay — Major Essay (40%)
  • Open Book Exam — Take-Home Exam (20%)
  • Participation — Online (10%)
  • Quizzes (10%)

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:

  • HSTX290 — European History from the French Revolution to Freud

Students should have studied some history at 100 levels prior to doing this unit. They should have good written English and essay writing skills.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Ancient Regimes
3The French Revolution
5Bourgeois Life
7Europe at Mid Century
8Religion & Science
9The Woman Question
12Fin de Siecle Crises

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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