• 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
    • Natasha Szuhan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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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 the Dreyfus Affair; ideologies such as liberalism, socialism and nationalism; and wider processes of social and cultural change. 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, class, and gender in the development of modern Europe.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse major developments, events, themes, and concepts in European history from the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century;
  2. assess the political, social, economic and cultural legacies of the topics examined for both Europe and the wider world;
  3. critically examine key historiographical and theoretical issues in modern European history;
  4. interpret diverse historical sources and forms of evidence; and
  5. construct evidence-based arguments.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Primary source identification and analysis (500 words ) (10) [LO 4,5]
  2. Research Essay (2000 words ) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Final examination (or take-home alternative) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Course participation and contribution (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

This course requires students to read, to engage in discussion in both the lectures and tutorials, and to complete written work.

Prescribed Texts

Any textbook chosen to assist students with the course will be listed on Wattle prior to commencement of teaching.

Preliminary Reading

A selection of additional readings, including primary sources, journal articles, and book excerpts will be listed in Wattle for each week's class.

Assumed Knowledge

No prior knowledge or background is required.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3766 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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