Europe and the World

Course code HIST1001Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
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.
ContentThis 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)HIST1080
Transition• Students who have completed HIST1080 may not enroll in this course.
• All students undertaking a BA Program from 2013 who are seeking either a major or a minor in History must undertake this compulsory course.
• Other students enrolling in 2013 can take the course as an elective.
• Students enrolled in previous iterations of the BA Program prior to 2013, can take the course as part of their degree program either as a constituent of an 80 unit major in History or as an elective.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassExamination (Formal or Informal as specified in the Course Guide End of course examination), addressing Course Objectives 1- 7, 20-40%
Essays / Written Assignments1-3 Written Assignments, addressing Course Objectives 1-7, up to 3,000 words, 50-70%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, addressing Course Objectives 1- 7, 10-20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HIST1001