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The Early Modern Era



Bachelor year 1.


This course is an introduction to world history from the late Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution.
It is a survey course of the main events and concepts in world history that are relevant to the study and practice of Heritage Studies in the present day.
We will explore key moments in early Modern and Modern history such as the Ottoman Empire; the Age of Discoveries; the Columbian Exchange and the critique thereof; The Transatlantic Slave Trade and its contemporary legacies; The rise of the modern Nation-State; 19th century Colonialism and its legacies.
The focus of this course is understanding the use(s) of history and historical sources for heritage work.

Set-up of the course:
Each session (one teaching day) will include:

  • A general introduction followed by lecture;

  • Discussion based on readings (individual or in groups);

  • Tutorial session;

  • Time for self-study.

Course objectives

  • To familiarise students with the chronology and main historical phases and events of the early Modern and Modern periods;

  • To familiarise students with primary historical sources/methodologies and contrast them with their archaeological counterparts;

  • To reflect on the role and presence of historical memory and historical legacies in present-day heritage work.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA1 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture;

  • Tutorial;

  • Discussion in work groups;

  • Museum visit.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 6x2 hours of lectures (1 ec);

  • 6x2 hours of tutorials (1 ec);

  • Assignments (1 ec);

  • 250 pages of literature (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Assignments during course, to be handed in via BlackBoard before classes (50%);

  • Final exam (open essay questions) (50%).

There will be 1 final grade composed of the sum of the assessments above. A pass of the average grade is sufficient.
A retake is only possible for the final exam.

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA1 examination schedule.

The deadlines for the assignments will be posted via BlackBoard prior to classes.

Reading list

To be announced at the beginning of the course.


Registration via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. M. (Mariana) de Campos Françozo.


  • Compulsory attendance;

  • This course is part of the BA Archaeology track Heritage and Society; only students following this track are allowed to follow the course.