Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


This course explores the history of the wider world, from the 'discovery' of the Americas in 1492 to the present, through its complex and often troubled encounters with Europe. It investigates the people, events, myths, and ideas that have shaped European and world history, and that have informed Europe's 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 beliefs and practices

* trade, missions and empires

* cultural encounters and exchanges

* social, religious and cultural transformations in Europe and beyond.

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.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the origins and nature of Europe's encounters and interactions with the wider world.

2. Know the relevant historical debates

3. Critically evaluate the relevant primary and secondary sources

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

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

6. Know the ethical issues and standards within History

7. Respect and understand 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 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:

  • 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.


This course replaces HIST1080. If you have successfully completed HIST1080 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Participation: Participation

In Term Test: Class examination

Essay: Essay

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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