Course Description

Course Name

From Medieval to Modern Europe

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


An examination of principal trends in the development of European civilisation between the early Middle Ages and the nineteenth century.

This course is an introduction to European History from the Middle Ages to the dawn of the modern era marked by the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. It explores how medieval Europe created a new civilisation, and how and why Western Europe grew into a global power in the early modern period. The course examines major events in European history including the Crusading movement, Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World, the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the rise of Modern Capitalism and many more.

Learning Outcomes
Students will:
Be equipped with a clear sense of the general shape of European history from the Middle Ages to the dawn of the modern era
Have a sound grasp of the concepts and terms that historians have used to make sense of European history

Recommended: Joshua Cole, Carol Symes, Judith G. Coffin and Robert C. Stacey, Western Civilizations, Third Brief Edition (New York: W. W. Norton, 2012).

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.

*Course content subject to change