Modern History 1
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-GESB107-CEH
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; History;
E.J. Baakman
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E.J. Baakman
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Contactperson for the course
E.J. Baakman
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E.J. Baakman
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Academic year2021
PER 3  (31/01/2022 to 10/04/2022)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Upon completion of this course, you are able to:
  • describe the principal debates and key concepts of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the modern period and to connect these to one another;
  • apply your knowledge and understanding of this history when completing assignments provided by the lecturer;
  • independently apply and reflect on the basic competencies of a historian, in particular:
    • searching, selecting, and processing literature, sources, and bibliographic tools with a critical and investigative attitude;
    • summarizing and analyzing (academic) literature and sources;
    • structuring a written, academic text in correct English;
    • expressing acquired knowledge and insights both verbally and in writing, in correct English
The four period courses in the first year of the Bachelor programme have a dual function in the curriculum.  On the one hand, lectures and a handbook are used to acquire basic knowledge about the history of early Antiquity to the present. In Modern History I, students become acquainted with the most important concepts, developments, people, and events related to the period from the French Revolution to the First World War: from the success of the nation state to the industrial revolution. On the other hand, basic skills of the historian are discussed and practiced in tutorials and assignments.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information


Required materials
In the course Modern History we use the textbook John McKay et al., A History of Western Society Since 1300 (12th edition, 2017). This edition is most widely available at the moment. Recently, a new edition of this textbook has been published Merry Wiesner-Hanks et al., A History of Western Society Since 1300 (13th edition, 2020). You are allowed to use this new edition, but it is likely very expensive and may not be easily available. It is also permitted to use John McKay et al., A History of Western Society, Combined Volume (12th edition, 2017).
Title:A History of Western Society Since 1300
Author:John McKay et al.
Publisher:Boston 2017
Title:Writing History! A Guide for historians
Author:J. Kamp et al.
Publisher:Amsterdam; Amsterdam UP, 2016

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Written Exam (CIRRUS)
Test weight100
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER 3, Block PER 4

Minimum grade