This course will deal with the evolution and expansion of European society during the pre-industrial era. Commencing with the Renaissance and Reformation it will survey such themes as the voyages of exploration, the impact of western culture on indigenous societies, the development of commercial capitalism, the transformation of science and technology and the conflict between imperial powers in Europe and overseas.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Outline and summarize the major changes and events that took place in the period 1350-1800 and explain the impact these changes have had globally;
- Place events of the early modern world in a chronology and identify the links between events: both causal effects as well as more complex interconnections;
- Outline the main facts and explanations of an historical event and recognize that there may be several interpretations of the same event;
- Differentiate between primary and secondary sources and formulate the issues related to using primary sources (such as biases, contrasting perspectives, when they were written, etc.);
- Identify scholarly sources suitable for an academic paper and develop a bibliography by using the Chicago reference system;
- Identify the thesis of a scholarly article and describe this in writing; and
- Narrow down a research topic for a research paper.
- Introduction to the early modern period
- Early modern society and economy
- Europe during the Renaissance
- The Reformation
- The age of religious warfare
- Europe explores the world
- Absolute and limited monarchy in the seventeenth century
- Warfare in the age of absolutism
- Economy and industry in the eighteenth century
- The Enlightenment
- The eighteenth century state system
- Colonial empires
|Assessment Item||Weight||Learning Outcomes|
|Primary Source Discussions||15%||2, 6|
|Quizzes||20%||1, 2, 3, 6|
|Research Project Log||5%||5, 7|
|Research Project Draft||10%||3, 4, 5, 7|
|Research Project||20%||3, 4, 5, 7|
|Take-Home Final Exam||30%||1, 2|
Additional Technical Requirements
This course will use the following:
- Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed.
Please view the Technical Considerations for each.
*Course details are subject to change.