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

    This paper is an introduction to European History from the Middle Ages, known for the Crusading Movement and the Black Death, to the dawn of the modern era, marked by the French Revolution and the rise of capitalism. It explores how medieval Europe created a new civilisation and how and why Western Europe grew into a global power in the modern period.

    The paper is essential for students who major in History, and it also complements studies in a wide range of subjects, including law, psychology, politics, sociology, English and classics.

    About this paper

    Paper title From Medieval to Modern Europe
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Professor Takashi Shogimen -

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Professor Takashi Shogimen


    Associate Professor John Stenhouse

    Professor Takashi Shogimen

    Paper Structure
    1. Wars and Revolutions.
    2. Economy and Society.
    3. Christianisation.
    4. Ideas and Learning.
    5. Government.
    6. The Expansion of the European World.
    Teaching Arrangements

    This is a team taught paper.


    Recommended: Joshua Cole and Carol Symes, Western Civilizations, Fifth Brief Edition (New York: W. W. Norton, 2020).

    In addition, course materials will be made available electronically via Blackboard.

    Course outline

    Available via Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper 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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 30-34, 40
    A2 Monday 11:00-11:50 30-34, 40
    A3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 30-34, 40
    A4 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 30-34, 40
    A5 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 40
    A7 Thursday 10:00-10:50 30-34, 40
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