History (HIST) 215

Europe: Ancient to Early Modern (Revision 3)

HIST 215

Permanently closed, effective May 17, 2018. Students may wish to take HIST 201 as an alternative.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Precluded courses: HIST 214 and HIST 314 (HIST 215 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST 214 and HIST 314.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 215 has a Challenge for Credit option.


This course introduces distance learning students to the study of European history at the university level by surveying the most significant political, economic and social trends in European history from the ancient times to the early eighteenth century. Through studying a textbook and study guide, students learn about the ancient Greeks and Romans, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, and the rise of early modern European empires. The purpose of the course is to provide both a description and an explanation of the events that established European civilization by the Early Modern Period and shaped the world in which we live today. Students also study and practice the reading, research and writing skills necessary for success in university and beyond.


History 215: Europe: Ancient to Early Modern is divided into twelve units as follows:

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Ancient Greece, c. 500 to 30 BCE
  • Unit 3: Ancient Rome, c. 500 BCE to c. 500 CE
  • Unit 4: Post-Roman Europe, c. 500 CE to c. 750 CE
  • Unit 5: Early Medieval Empires, c. 750 to 1000 CE
  • Unit 6: The High Middle Ages I, c. 1000 to c. 1300
  • Unit 7: The High Middles Ages II: Political Communities, c. 1000 to c. 1300
  • Unit 8: The Late Middle Ages: Christendom Shaken, c. 1300 to 1500
  • Unit 9: The Renaissance and Reformation, c. 1350 to c. 1550
  • Unit 10: States and Capitalism
  • Unit 11: Wars of Religion and the Scientific Revolution, c. 1550 to c. 1650
  • Unit 12: Absolutism and the Limits of Early Modernity, c. 1650 to 1750


To receive credit for HIST 215, you must achieve a minimum of 50 percent on the final examination and a minimum composite course grade of “D” (50 percent). The chart below summarizes the course activities and the credit weight associated with each.

Assign. 1 Review of Scholarly Article Assign. 2 Essay Outline and Proposed Bibliography Assign. 3 Research Paper (10-12 pages) 4 Quizzes @1.25% each Final Exam Total
15% 10% 30% 5% 40% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Mortimer Chambers et al. The Western Experience: Volume I: To the Enlightenment. 10th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Jules R. Benjamin. A Student's Guide to History. 13th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin, 2016.

Other Materials

Cels, Marc B. and Michael Langhorst. History 215: Europe, Ancient to Early Modern, Study Guide. Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University, 2010 (rev. 2016).

Cels, Marc B. and Michael Langhorst. History 215: Europe, Ancient to Early Modern, Course Manual. Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University, 2010 (rev. 2016).

Student Manual, Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University, n.d.

Other course materials are presented online, including a Course Manual, a 12 unit Study Guide, five skills modules, short online quizzes and optional self-quizzes.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HIST 215 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Part I: Exam Part II: Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, December 9, 2016.

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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services