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Global France, 1600 - 1789 (HIST20079)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeHIST20079
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This subject examines the social, cultural, economic and political history of France, from roughly 1600 to 1789. This chronological period is most often conceptualized as the ancien régime, when refracted through the lens of the French Revolution. But when viewed on its own terms, it is also the historical moment in which France rose to ascendancy in Modern Europe through military domination, an innovative and deeply-centralized administration, soaring economic output, and a universally-admired culture. The core argument will be that French history was an integral part of world history. It will focus on the interrelationships of domestic and international political, social, cultural, and economic movements. Through the examination of primary and secondary sources from the period, students will develop skills in critical thinking and the evaluation of historical arguments. Assessment is designed to further students understanding not just of French history in this period but also transferable skills in respect to writing, reading and critical analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

Students that successfully complete this subject should:

  • Develop knowledge of French history between 1600-1789
  • Locate France within wider global patterns of socio-economic and cultural development
  • Locate and analyse primary and secondary sources to construct and evaluate historical arguments
  • Develop skills of critical thinking and clear communication through the preparation of work for assessment

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Primary source analysis (1500 words), Due end of intensive teaching period (40%)
  • Research essay (2500 words), due four weeks after end of intensive teaching period (60%)

Hurdle requirements:

  • Students must complete the online ‘Researching History’ module in order to submit assignments for this subject.
  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 August 2019