Europe and the World


This course explores the history of Europe through its complex and often troubled encounters with the wider world. It investigates the people, events, myths, and ideas that have shaped Europe, and that have informed its interactions with the peoples and places that lay beyond its borders. While roughly adhering to a chronological structure, the overall approach will be thematic, covering such topics as:

* war, violence, and invasion

* political upheaval and transformation

* religious belief and practice

* trade, missions and empires

* cultural encounters and exchange

* the evolution of social and gender relations in Europe and its overseas territories.

The course introduces students to the foundational themes, methods and skills necessary for the study of history at the tertiary level. With a particular focus on the study of primary sources, it enables students to explore for themselves the historical origins of Europe's central, and often fraught, role in world affairs today.



  • Semester 2 - 2015


  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. A broad understanding of the origins and nature of Europe's encounters and interactions with the wider world.

2. A basic knowledge of the relevant historical debates

3. A familiarity with, and critical evaluation of, relevant primary and secondary sources

4. Effective research and information literacy skills relevant to history and appropriate to this level of study.

5. Effective and appropriate communication skills, written and oral, across a range of forms

6. Basic awareness of ethical issues and standards within History

7. Respect for and understanding of cultures other than one's own.


This course explores one of the most critical features of European history: its encounters with the wider world, and how these encounters helped shaped Europe itself. Whether investigating the Barbarian invasions, the rise of Islam, the discovery of a westward route to the Americas, and/or the building of states, empires and nations, students will study the origins and nature of European interactions with the lands and peoples beyond its borders. With a focus on primary sources, the course will introduce students to some of the key events, issues and themes of the European past that still resonate today.
Topics covered in lectures and tutorials might include:

  • fall of Rome and the creation of Europe
  • territorial discovery, expansion and colonisation
  • slavery, migration, and diasporas
  • European encounters with the Middle East, Asia and Africa
  • Enemies inside and outside Europe
  • social, religious, and cultural transformations in Europe and beyond.

With Europe occupying a central, if contested, role on the world stage today, students will investigate the origins of this role through understanding the multiple ways that Europeans encountered the world around them.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST1080. Students who have successfully completed HIST1080 are not eligible to enrol in HIST1001.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Participation: Participation

In Term Test: Class examination

Essay: Essay

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks