The Birth of Modern Europe

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Birth of Modern Europe

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    The period from the High Middle Ages (12thc.) to the Religious Wars (16th-C- 17thc.) when the foundations of Modern Europe were laid.

    This course is fundamental for any student interested in the formation of modern European civilization. It introduces the student to the origins and development of basic European institutions.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Examine the economic changes during the High Middle Ages and their interrelation with political, social and cultural changes.
    2. Outline the reasons for the rise of monarchy, cities, social classes, guilds and the nation-state.
    3. Define Humanism recognizing its origins, characteristics, variations and its contribution in shaping ‘new Europe’.
    4. Examine the varieties and upheavals of reformation and counterreformation.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of the influence of religion, technology, monarchy, and economic developments in setting the foundations of Modern Europe.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures and interactive learning (class discussions on the issues arising from the historical subject matter illustrating continuity and change).
    - Office hours: Students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can discuss the course material.
    - Use of a Blackboard site, where instructors can post lecture notes assignment instructions, timely announcements, and additional resources.
    - Use of library facilities: Students are encouraged to make use of the library facilities for further study as well as for preparation for the exams.


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