Europe, 1500-1800: Power and Culture



This module explores the political and cultural history of Europe during the early modern period. It analyses the efforts of reformers to revive their churches and societies during the sixteenth century. It then examines the legacy of these reform movements and considers how cultural divisions, as well as competition for power, led to prolonged periods of conflict within and between states during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

This module then charts the emergence during the eighteenth century of new ways of thinking about private life and popular culture and of new ideas about science, society and the self of the Enlightenment. Finally, it explores how these ideas contributed to political crisis following the French Revolution.

This course is led by senior Trinity academics Dr. Graeme Murdock and Dr. Joseph Clarke.

Date, Time and Place

This lecture-only module comprises of two lectures per week over one term commencing in January 2025.

Please check the School of Histories and Humanities website for updates on this course at:

Course Fees

€170 full rate, €90 concession rate.

The concession rate is available to all those retired, over 65s, and those on a government pension / payment plan and the unwaged, including second- and third-level students.


Please check our website in December for updates on enrolment and term dates at:

You may apply online or by telephone as follows:

Online: Register and pay by credit/debit card online after enrolments open at:

By telephone: Text ‘APPLY FOR COURSE’ to +353 (0)87 2572015* and you will receive a call back confirming your registration. The phone will be busy during the application period so responses may be delayed. Please do not call to enroll for this course.

Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8968589

or TEXT 087 257 2015