Protestant Reformation – HIEU 566

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of 16th Century Europe and the historical impact of the Protestant Reformation on Western Christianity. Moving beyond theological and confessional discussions, this class includes the social, political, economic, scientific, cultural and spacial changes to Western Culture.




To provide students with an overview and understanding of the Protestant Reformation, its influence on the establishment of modern Western society, and the establishment of the Protestantism in Europe. This includes substantial analysis of the Reformers’ move towards missions, the struggle against Ottoman Islamic forces in Europe, and the spreading of the gospel message which highlighted Christian cultural heritage of Europe.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the major figures, trends, and events of 16th century Europe.
  2. Analyze Europe’s religious, social, intellectual, and cultural history in light of the Protestant Reformation.
  3. Interpret the early modern European experience according to regional understandings of knowledge and learning.
  4. Successfully complete graduate-level research according to standard methodology in History.
  5. Apply biblical and Christian principles to the analysis of the origins of Modern Europe.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

As the first activity in this course, please read the syllabus and Student Expectations. After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words in length.

Book Reviews (2)

The student will write 2 book reviews for the 2 books indicated in the syllabus and in the course requirements. Each review will be 3-4 pages in length, review and summarize the book selected and conform to the common Turabian book review format.

Research Paper


The student will write a 2-3 page proposal for his/her Research Paper. The proposal must include a brief explanation of why the
research is important, a working thesis statement, and a potential bibliographical paragraph with both primary and secondary sources.
The proposal must conform to current Turabian format. See “Research Paper Proposal Instructions” for more guidance.

Working Thesis and Annotated Bibliography

The student will write a 4-5 page outline and annotated bibliography for his/her Research Paper. The outline must include a working
thesis statement, numbered points of discussion, primary source placement and an annotated bibliography with both primary and
secondary sources. The proposal must conform to current Turabian format. See “Research Paper Working Thesis and Annotated
Bibliography” for more guidance.

Rough Draft

The student will write a 10-15 page rough draft of his/her Research Paper. The proposal must include an introduction and thesis, a
verifiable body, conclusion, and a potential bibliography with both primary and secondary sources. The proposal must conform to
current Turabian format. See “Rough Draft Instructions” for more guidance.

Final Submission

The student will write a 15-20 page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a Reformation topic. The paper
must include outside references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. The minimum total sources needed for this project
is 30. However, this can only be done once the other research steps have been completed.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module(s)/week(s) in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/opennotes, contain 15 multiple-choice questions, a short essay and have an 1 hour time limit, with Quiz 4 being multiple-choice only type questions.