Europe in Turmoil: From Renaissance to Revolutions

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Europe in Turmoil: From Renaissance to Revolutions

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    British Studies, European Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 units of credit at Level 1

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Europe experienced massive upheavals in the three centuries from the end of the Middle Ages in about 1500 to the onset of the Industrial Revolution and French Revolution. The period's intellectual and cultural movements are often considered to be a major part of those transformations, especially the Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and Enlightenment. Equally significant, however, were social, economic, and political developments such as the growth of towns, the expansion of trade, and the emergence of centralised states and "absolute" monarchies. This course investigates these changes, and weighs up the historical debates about the forces that produced them. We also examine their impact on the lives of "ordinary" people, which may include discussion of the links between population level and climate change (the "mini Ice Age"), the persecution of popular beliefs like witchcraft, and the prevalence of violent protest movements.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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