The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course explores the history of European encounters with the wider world, from the 'discovery' of the Americas in 1492 to the present. It investigates the people, events, myths, and ideas that have shaped European and world history. While adhering to a chronological structure, the overall approach will be thematic, covering topics that have informed Europe's complex and often troubled interactions with the peoples and places that lay beyond its borders.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Articulate core knowledge of the themes of Europe's encounters and interactions with the wider world;

2. Critically evaluate relevant primary and secondary source material;

3. Apply basic historical research and information literacy skills;

4. Communicate clear and concise arguments in written form.


Content

This course explores one of the most critical features of European history. European encounters with the wider world shaped Europe itself. Whether investigating the discovery of a westward route to the Americas, and/or the building of states, empires and nations, you 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.

You will begin to learn the foundational themes, methods and skills necessary for the study of history at the tertiary level. The course enables you to explore for themselves the historical origins of Europe's central, and often fraught, role in world affairs today. With Europe occupying a central, if contested, role on the world stage today, you will investigate the origins of this role through understanding the multiple ways that Europeans encountered the world around them.

Topics covered include:

  • war, violence, and invasion;
  • political upheaval and transformation;
  • religious beliefs and practices;
  • trade, missions and empires;
  • cultural encounters and exchanges;
  • territorial discovery, expansion and colonisation;
  • slavery, migration, and diasporas;
  • European encounters with the Middle East, Asia and Africa;
  • decolonisation and informal empire;
  • social, religious, and cultural transformations in Europe and beyond.

Requisite

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


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay Structuring Exercise (30%)

Quiz: Class Test (30%)

Essay: Essay (40%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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

Ourimbah

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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

Online

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1