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HIST6135 Themes in Early Modern History

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Sources in chosen areas
  • Approaches of historians to the selected themes
  • How methods and source materials can be used to illuminate particular questions


The module will introduce you to the wide range of uses historians have made of documentation from 1485- 1750. Approaches to the study of sources are often oblique and many classes of record are employed to support research on themes far from those envisaged by their original creators. Seminars will follow themes, partly set by student choices: an indicative list of areas for study would include the trade and economy; maritime expansion; and war. The primary focus of the course will be north-western Europe, particularly the British Isles.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 100%
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