• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject European Studies
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Alexander Cook
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course charts the history of Europe from the French Revolution until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.  As a survey course, it explores the history of modern Europe through the study of key episodes, trends, and ideas. It examines revolutions, such as the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, events such as the Congress of Vienna, and theories such as liberalism, nationalism and Marxism. Key themes include the shifting boundaries of European culture and identity, the development of states, nations, and empires, and the role of religion, war, race, and class in the development of modern Europe.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

    1. Identify and analyse major developments, events, themes, and concepts in European history from the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century;
    2. Debate key historiographical and theoretical interpretations in modern European history;
    3. Assess the political, social, economic and cultural legacies of the topics examined for both Europe and the wider world;
    4. Interpret relevant primary and secondary sources ;
    5. Construct evidence-based arguments in written form.
    6. Present, discuss and evaluate historical material in oral form

      Indicative Assessment

      Initial assessment (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

      2,000 word essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

      Final exam (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

      Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4 and 6]

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      One weekly two-hour lecture and one weekly tutorial of one hour for thirteen weeks of semester. Lectures will be recorded and made available on Wattle. In addition, students should expect to spend an average of seven hours per week over the course of the semester preparing for class activities, researching and writing essays, and studying for the exam. Students should anticipate a total of 130 hours of study to complete this course.

      Prescribed Texts

      Prescribed tutorial readings will be available on Wattle. A selection of chapters from the following text also supports the course:

      William Simpson and Martin Jones, Europe 1783-1914, Third Edition (Routledge, 2015).  This text is available in hard copy or electronic format.

      Preliminary Reading

      To be advised on Wattle




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      Student Contribution Band:
      Unit value:
      6 units

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      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2016 $2718
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2016 $3876
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      Second Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      8806 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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