HIST2004 - Early modern history ca. 1500-1850


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of chosen themes within the period ca. 1500-1850 in different fields. The period was marked by increased global contact and entanglement in different fields, and by major changes in political organization, demographic developments and cultural expressions. Themes selected will be from different time periods, including geographical regions and spheres of society, but a consistent trait running through the module will be that the themes will be examined from different perspectives and through multiple historiographical lenses.

Examples of themes explored in this course include:

  • Statebuilding. Possible angles are conclomerate states, unified states, identities and loyalties, absolutism and democratication.
  • Religion: For instance refomation, counter-reformation, pietism, religious conformity and persecution, witchhunts
  • Economic processes, for instance, trade, production and consumption
  • Social processes such as changes in the system of estates, poverty, criminality
  • Music and the positions of musicians as reflections of changes in society, for example the development in sacral music, changes of style in secular music and the discovery of popular music
  • Globalization: For instance the development of global trade, migration and colonization

The course will also give an introduction to theoretical and methdological questions connected to the themes that will be taught.

Themes that will be examined in this course will vary from academic year to academic year depending on the available staff. The themes will usually reflect the professional interests of the teachers holding the course. Information on topics for the academic year is found under studies on the webpage for the department with academic responsibility.

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:


The candidate is expected to

  • have knowledge about economical, social, political and/or cultural changes in the period ca. 11550-1850
  • have knowledge about how individuals and local societies became a part of new economical, social and/or political connections, and how these connections had an effect on the daily life of the individual, on norms and behaviour.


The candidate is expected to

  • be able to pass on knowledge gained from the course and to discuss relevant problems in a critical way

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and/or seminars

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory participation in seminars

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

See curriculum published at the start of the semester, and other materials (reading and lecture lists and other relevant information) published on Blackboard

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST2921 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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