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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • The Medieval Legacy
    • A Century of Crisis
    • Renaissance
    • The Natural World
    • New Worlds
    • The Sacred and the Profane
    • Intimate Lives
    • Reformation
    • The Social World
    • Leviathan
    • The Scientific Revolution
    • Enlightenment
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST150

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


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 subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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.

  • Document Analysis (20%)
  • Reflective Journal (20%)
  • Short Paper (20%)
  • Final Synoptic Paper (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing