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700123P From Ancient Civilisations to the Early Modern Period, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 700123P  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name From Ancient Civilisations to the Early Modern Period  Abbreviation From Ancient Ci 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline1138 History 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

Matti Enbuske 

ECTS Credits 


Language of instruction 



1st year

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify and compare the political, economic, and cultural aspects of different cultures, as well as to perceive the main development trends of the pre-modern era. Students will be able to view Finland’s integration to the Western European cultural circle.


The course will present the main developments from the High Cultures to the French Revolution. Finnish history will be introduced as a part of the development of Western Europe

Mode of delivery 

Contact teaching and/or independent study

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures and independent study of the course material or a book exam as a secondary option

Target group 

Students at the early stages of Basic Studies of History

Recommended or required reading 

It is also possible to complete the course as a book exam. Students can choose one of the following literature compilations:

1. Study of Antiquity (choose two of the books):

Simon Price & Peter Thoneman, The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine (2011), pp. 11–334.

Andrew Erskine (Ed.), A Companion to Ancient History (2009), chapters 2–4, 6–16, 27–36, 43–45.

Lukas de Blois, An introduction to the ancient world, London : Routledge, 1997.


2. Study of the Middle Ages, (choose both books):

Jacques Le Goff, Medieval Civilization 400–1500 (1988 or newer).

Kari Tarkiainen, Ruotsin Itämaa: Esihistoriasta Kustaa Vaasaan (2010).

3. Study of the Early Modern Time (choose both books):

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450–1789, 2nd edition (2013).

Nils Erik Villstrand, Valtakunnanosa: suurvalta ja valtakunnan hajoaminen 1560–1812 (2012).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Examination and/or book exam



Person responsible 

University Lecturer Matti Enbuske

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The literature must be completed as a unit, and students must give a satisfactory answer to each question formulated from the books chosen for the exam.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Korkeakulttuureista varhaismoderniin aikaan  Course  Matti Enbuske,
Samu Sarviaho 
07.09.21 -14.10.21

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