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HIST108 From Medieval to Modern Europe

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.

Paper title From Medieval to Modern Europe
Paper code HIST108
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Professor Takashi Shogimen -

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Professor Takashi Shogimen

Lecturers: 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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 10-14, 20
A2 Monday 11:00-11:50 10-14, 20
A3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 10-14, 20
A4 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-14, 20
A5 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 10-14, 20
A7 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10-14, 20