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Unit information: The Early Reformation (Level I Lecture Response) in 2015/16

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Unit name The Early Reformation (Level I Lecture Response)
Unit code HIST25009
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Balserak
Open unit status Open




School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The Reformation was an event of seismic importance: it shattered the unity of Christendom, which had existed for more than a thousand years, into a series of competing confessions; the legacy of this is still apparent today. The unit is particularly concerned with the first wave of the Reformation movement. It adopts a combination of perspectives, sometimes focusing on the experiences of individual countries, and at others seeking to bring out broader themes. Above all the unit looks to emphasise the diversity of the Reformation in Europe, and the different areas of life which were affected by it. While due attention will be paid to the theological ideas that underpinned the movement, greater consideration will be given to the transmission and reception of these ideas, and how they related to the political, social, economic and cultural environments in which they were accepted, modified or rejected.


  • To provide a broad grounding in the history of the Reformation in Europe between 1517 and c.1555.
  • To provide particular perspectives on that history to which students can react critically and build their own individual views and interpretations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • wider historical knowledge of the history of the Reformation in Europe between 1517 and c.1555
  • deeper awareness of how to approach a long term historical analysis
  • ability to set individual issues within their longer term historical context
  • the ability to analyse and generalise about issues of continuity and change
  • ability to select pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate more general historical points
  • ability to derive benefit from and contribute effectively to large group discussion
  • ability to identify a particular academic interpretation, evaluate it critically and form an individual viewpoint

Teaching Information

  • Weekly 2-hour interactive lectures
  • Tutorial feedback on essay
  • Access to tutorial consultation with unit tutor in office hours

Assessment Information

1 x 3000 word essay (50%) and 1 x 2 hour exam (50%)

Reading and References

Cameron, Euan, The European Reformation (1991)

Collinson, Patrick, The Reformation (2005)

Lindberg, Carter, The European Reformations (1996)

MacCulloch, Diarmaid, Reformation. Europe’s House Divided, 1490-1700 (2003)

Pettegree, Andrew (Ed.), The Early Reformation in Europe (1992)

Rublack, Ulinka, Reformation Europe (2005)