HST2517: Culture in Early Modern Europe
20 credits (semester 2)
Module Leader: Dr Erin Maglaque
Pass in at least two of the Level One modules History Units HST112-121.
Culture is the key to understanding how societies thought and behaved in the past. Early modern Europe – a period of immense cultural change and conflict – is no different. This wide ranging course introduces students to ideas about culture and examines how cultural history has revolutionised what we know about the lives of men, women and children in Europe between 1500 and 1800. Building on a rich historiography and through a series of intriguing case studies, the course draws on wide range of sources – such as diaries, letters, and legal records, to printed works, art and archaeology – to enter into the many cultures of early modern Europe. The course explores issues like material culture, youth culture, cultures of protest, intellectual culture, and religious culture. It asks whether we can talk about different cultures of men and women and how cultures were affected by social and economic inequalities. It thinks about forces of cultural integration and pressures of cultural conflict. And it explores ideas of cultural change, and how these changes helped create the modern world.
Teaching and Assessment
Information on assessment can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level2