Module books; DVDs; and website.
You will need
The ability to play a DVD, either on a DVD player or computer. You will also need to be able to print or download materials from the internet.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available.
We recommend either of the following:
Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.7 or later operating system.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer with a Windows or OS X operating system, in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities because some software will not run on Linux, iOS or Android devices.
We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers for carrying out web-based activities:
Internet Explorer 9 and above
Apple Safari 7 and above
Google Chrome 31 and above
Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.
Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
To be able to talk and listen in our online discussions you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.
Materials to buy
- Gibbons, R. (ed) Exploring History 1400-1900: An Anthology of Primary Sources Manchester University Press £14.99 - ISBN 9780719075889
- Wallace, P.G. (ed) The Long European Reformation: Religion, Political Conflict and the Search for Conformity 1350-1750 (2nd edn) Palgrave Macmillan £21.99 - ISBN 9780230574830
If you have a disability
The study of history requires a considerable amount of reading, and one of the skills we aim to teach you is to be able to select what is important from a large amount of material.
Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. The printed study materials are available in the DAISY Digital Talking Book format. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available.
One of the learning outcomes of the module is that you should learn to evaluate historical sources in a variety of media. So you’ll learn how to use visual texts (buildings, cartoons, plans, maps, photographs, paintings etc) as well as written ones. Work on visual texts will be assessed, but alternative assignments and exam questions can be requested, if necessary, via your tutor. Transcripts are provided for the DVD video. Using alternative methods to tackle the visual and aural tasks in the module should not affect your ability to complete the module successfully.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.