Skip to main content

HI395 - Knowledge, Nature and Power in Early Modern Europe

  • Module code: HI395
  • Module name: Knowledge, Nature and Power in Early Modern Europe
  • Department: History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module offers a cultural history of the European investigation into nature during a period that is usually known as the ‘Scientific Revolution’. It will introduce us to the grand narratives and their ‘heroes’ as in older histories of science and medicine, but will also encourage us to critically rethink the old categories. The shifting frameworks of ideas are not therefore the main focus of this module. Instead it aims at contextualising various European scientific endeavours between 1500-1700, and discussing them within the wider landscape of early modern European culture (i.e. discoveries and conquest, court culture and patronage, or trade, commerce and consumption).

Principal learning outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes: Further development of essay writing; Particular focus on improvement of presentation skills; Identify key processes and debates in early modern history and history of science and medicine; Engage with works from neighbouring disciplines; Develop an individual long essay topic, compile and appropriate bibliography and critically evaluate a range of primary and / or secondary sources in comparative analysis.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught through seminar discussion, which will be partly student-led.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/undergraduate/modules/hi395

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HI395-30)
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) Long Essay 50%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 50%
V3 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T1) - Visiting Exchange Term 1 50%
  2000 word essay (T1) - Visiting Exchange Term 1 50%
V4 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T1) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2 0%
  2000 word essay (T1) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2 50%
  4500 word essay (T2) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2 50%
V5 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T1) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2/3 0%
  2000 word essay (T1) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2/3 25%
  2000 word essay (T2) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2/3 25%
  4500 word essay (T3) - Visiting Exchange Terms 1/2/3 50%
V6 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T2) - Visiting Exchange Term 2 50%
  2000 word essay (T2) - Visiting Exchange Term 2 50%
V7 (Visiting students only) 1000 word essay plan (T2) - Visiting Exchange Terms 2/3 0%
  2000 word essay (T2) - Visiting Exchange Terms 2/3 50%
  4500 word essay (T3) - Visiting Exchange Terms 2/3 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment part year/exchange students 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate History (V100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History (with Year Abroad) (V101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (with Year Abroad) (VL14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (with Year Abroad) (VM12) - Year 4