Course Description

Course Name

Special Topics in European History

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

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


This course is a general introduction to European history from Ancient Greece to the beginning of World War I. Topics covered in the course include Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation and Enlightenment, the Political and Industrial Revolutions, Imperialism and the outbreak of the First World War. The lectures will be given completely in English, and grading will be subject to the absolute grading criteria. As a relatively basic introduction to European history, the course is geared towards students who are studying this particular aspect of world history for the first time.

Course Objectives
The course seeks to provide the student with a basic understanding of the flow of European history from the classical era to the dawn of the 20th century, and aims to aid the student to delve more deeply into the subject should he/she choose to do so.

PPT outlines relating to the course will be uploaded beforehand in order to help the student with previewing the lecture and with notetaking.

Written examinations will take place for mid-term and end-of-term evaluations (constituting 30% and 40% of the final grade respectively). Attendance constitutes 30% of final grade.

Introduction to the Lecture

Classical Antiquity (Ancient Greece)

Classical Antiquity (Ancient Greece and Rome)

Classical Antiquity (Ancient Rome)

Early Middle Ages (500-1000)

High Middle Ages (1000-1300)

Late Middle Ages (1300-1500)

Mid-term Evaluation

Renaissance, Reformation and the Wars of Religion

Renaissance, Reformation and the Wars of Religion

Absolutism and Enlightenment

Absolutism and Enlightenment

The Age of Revolution - Political

The Age of Revolution - Industrial

The Clash of Imperialism and the Outbreak of World War I

End-of-term Evaluation

*Course content subject to change