• 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
    • Dr Micaela Pattison
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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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; and,
  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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    130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
    a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
    b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

    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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    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2021 $3180
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2021 $4890
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    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    3178 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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