Colonies and Empires

Course code HIST3333Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides an introduction to the history of colonies and empires from 1776 to 1950. It covers the rise and fall of the British Empire -- the greatest empire the world has known -- from the loss of the American colonies to decolonization in the twentieth century. It will interrogate ideas of imperialism and colonialism, explore the subjection and resistance of indigenous and colonised people under empire, and assess the enduring legacy of the imperial idea in post-colonial societies across the globe.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesTo provide students with the opportunities to gain and demonstrate:
1. knowledge of the major events in British imperial history from 1776 - 1950
2. an understanding of key debates and different perspectives that have been applied to understanding imperialism and colonialism
3. capacity to conduct research independently
4. capacity to express clear and informed arguments, either orally or in writing, on the history of imperialism and colonialism
5. skills in trans-national history.
ContentThe course will be taught in a modular format will cover some of the following topics: What is an empire?/colony?; the rise and fall of empires from Babylon to Bush; first and second British empires; exploration, science and imperial adventures; the British Empire and its colonies in the 19th century (case studies may cover India, Ireland, West Indies, British North America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand); crises of empire (case studies may include anti-slavery campaign; Maori wars; Indian Uprising; Boer War) Colonialism, colonization and resistance; Indigenous people; Missions and missionaries; Networks of empire; Gender and empire; the Tasman world; the end of empire; post-colonial states.
Replacing Course(s)HIST3054 Australia and Canada: Comparative Histories
TransitionNot applicable as there are no students currently enrolled in HIST3054 and there are other options available.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeA general knowledge of history will be assumed equivalent to that acquired in two ten-unit courses of history. No previous study of imperial history will be assumed.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class15% (about week 14, one hour)
Essays / Written AssignmentsMinor essay 35% (about week 6, 2000 words)
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor essay 40% (about week 12, 3000 words)
Quiz - Tutorial6 x fortnightly quizzes on tutorial readings 10%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term