Fast facts Starts 19 July, 2021

3 weeks


3 hours per week


FREE - Certificate for £42


Humanities and Social Science

About this course

Learn about European empires and Europe’s history of expansion It’s the encounters that occurred beyond European borders that shaped Europe itself. On this course, you will explore the history of encounters Europe has had with the rest of the world.

You will become familiar with the origins and nature of European interactions with the lands and people beyond its borders. This includes investigating the discovery of a westward route to the Americas and the building of states, nations and empires.

This online course will focus on primary sources and introduce you to some of the key events, issues and themes of European history that still resonate today.

What topics will you cover?

  • War, violence and invasion
  • Trade, missions and empires
  • Cultural encounters and exchanges
  • Territorial discovery, expansion and colonisation

What you'll achieve

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the main themes of Europe's encounters and interactions with the wider world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of European empires through discussion and debate.
  • Evaluate relevant primary and secondary sources in European imperial history.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of European history or their historical skills.

Meet the instructors

Dr Sacha Davis

Dr Sacha Davis

Dr Sacha Davis is a History Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His primary research interest is in German nationalism in Central/Eastern Europe (the former Habsburg lands) from in the late nineteenth century to the Second World War, with a focus on the interwar period.

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