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Current Academic Year 2018 - 2019

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Module Title Europe, 1648-1848
Module Code HY209
School 68
Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Stephen Stewart
Semester 2: Stephen Stewart
Autumn: Stephen Stewart
Module TeachersStephen Stewart
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
From Absolutism to Revolution: Europe 1648-1848. This is a broad survey module which aims to provide students with sufficient competence to understand the course of European history from the period marking the end of the sectarian conflicts of the 16th and early 17th centuries, to the mid 19th century, marked by major political, economic and social transformations.

Learning Outcomes
1. Display knowledge based competence in regard to topics relating to two centuries of European history.
2. Demonstrate comprehension of the main political, intellectual, economic and religious developments which mark this period.
3. Evaluate the historical significance of Europe as itself a concept.
4. Contextualise selected contemporary documents which relate to key module concepts.
5. Engage with self-directed learning and develop abilities in regard to the language and approaches of the discipline of History.
6. Develop critical appreciation of textual/electronic sources of information.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assignment Completion20Assignment preparation
Independent Study83Independent and directed learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Absolutism and Baroque culture in France in the reign of Louis XIV

Science, innovation and intellectual life, 1650-1720s

The rise of the Atlantic economies

Mercantilism: theory and practice

The Peace of Utrecht and the balance of powe

The evolution of Prussia

The Enlightenment: Writers and texts

The British Empire: Expansion and consolidation

Eighteenth-century France: Royal authority and the approach of revolution

The French Revolution in context, domestic and international considerations.

The evolution of nationalism, philosophical and cultural influences

Social change, urbanisation, the Wage Economy, Secularisation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment33% Examination Weight67%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List
  • Thomas Munck: 2005, Seventeenth-century Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 9781403936196
  • H.H. Koenigsberger: 2000, Early Modern Europe, 2nd Ed, Longman, London,
  • David Wallace: 2001, Lost Hollywood, LA Weekly Book for St. Martin's Press, New York, 9780312261952
  • N. Aston ed.: 1997, Religious Change in Europe 1650-1914, 1st Ed, Clarendon Press, Oxford,
  • Thomas Munck: 2000, The Enlightenment: A Comparative Social History, 1st Ed, Arnold, London,
  • J. Black: 2002, Warfare in the Eighteenth Century, 1st Ed.,, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge,
  • R.L. Gawthrop: 1993, Pietism and the Making of Eighteenth Century Prussia, 1st Ed.,, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge,
  • Jonathan Shectman: 2003, Groundbreaking scientific experiments, inventions, and discoveries of the 18th century, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 9780313320156
  • edited by H. M. Scott: 1990, Enlightened absolutism, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 9780472101733
  • W Doyle: 2003, History of the french Revolution, Oxford,
  • L Wilson T: 1998, he French revolution; A Document Collection,
  • T kemp: 1998, Industrialisation in Nineteenth Century Europe (2nd ed),
  • J Sperber: 2005, The European revolutions 1848-51,
  • H salmi: 2008, 19th century Europe; A Cultural History (new ed.),
Other Resources
Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJLBachelor of Arts (BAJL)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
Timetable this semester: Timetable for HY209

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