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MO1007 The Early Modern Western World (c. 1450 - c. 1770)

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 7
Planned timetable:12.00 noon Mon, Tue and Thu

This module will look at continental European history in the early modern period, and the expansion of Europe. The British Isles will not be a major focus of this module, but British material will be touched upon as part of broader European comparative treatment of several themes. The module will be structured into two halves: "New Worlds" and "The Struggle for Order": the first half will focus more (but not exclusively) on the period c.1450 - c.1600, the second half more on the period c.1600 - c.1770.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Modern History.

Optional for History, Middle East Studies, Scottish History and BA (Intl Hons) History.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 lectures and 1 tutorial.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 44
  • Guided independent study: 156

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M McLean
Module teaching staff: