History (HIST) 374

The Northern Renaissance and the Reformation (Revision 1)

HIST 374 course cover

Permanetly closed, effective December 15, 2016.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Reading course - Humanities

Prerequisite: None. HIST 373 is strongly recommended.

Precluded Course: HIST 374 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST 303.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 374 has a Challenge for Credit option.


HIST 374 explores the economic, political, and intellectual life of sixteenth-century Europe. The course examines the Renaissance explorers' discoveries and activities in the New World, the impact of American gold and silver on European society, the spread of the humanist movement to the countries of Northern Europe, the seminal writings of such writers as Desiderus Erasmus and Thomas More, the explosion of the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic response and ensuing religious wars, and the cultural splendours of Elizabethan England. Extensive use is made of contemporary sources to obtain first-hand insights into the values and concerns of Renaissance and Reformation men and women.


The five units are numbered sequentially, following those in HIST 373.

  • Unit 8: New Worlds and New Wealth
  • Unit 9: The Northern Renaissance
  • Unit 10: The Reformation
  • Unit 11: Calvinism and the Counter-Reformation
  • Unit 12: The Age of Shakespeare


To receive credit for HIST 374 you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Short Essay 1 Research Essay Final Exam Total
25% 35% 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


Jensen, De Lamar. 2nd. ed., 1992. Reformation Europe: Age of Reform and Revolution. Lexington, MA: Heath.

Spitz, Lewis W. 1987. The Renaissance and Reformation Movements, Vol. 2: The Reformation, Rev. ed. St. Louis: Concordia.

Other Materials

The course materials include a student manual and two reading files.

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 374 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the entire challenge 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.

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Updated December 16 2016 by SAS