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

Academic year

2022 to 2023 (Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 7

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Planned timetable

12.00 noon Mon, Tue and Thu

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module coordinator

Prof G R Rowlands

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

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.

Assessment pattern

50% Coursework 50% Examination


3-hour Written Examination = 100%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

3 hours x 10 weeks lectures; 1 x 10 weeks tutorials

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.