The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts Starts 15 April, 2020
Duration

3 weeks

Effort

2-3 hours per week

Cost

FREE - Certificate for US$49

Subject

History

About this course

It’s the encounters that occurred beyond European borders that shaped Europe itself.

In this course, you will explore the history of the first encounters modern 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 across the 15th and early 16th centuries. This includes investigating the discovery of a westward route to the Americas and the building of European empires in the New World.

What topics will you cover?

  • Develop introductory understanding of key events in modern European history.
  • Analyse modern European imperialism through a variety of themes, including:
    • War, violence and invasion;
    • Trade, missions and empires;
    • Cultural encounters and exchanges;
    • Territorial ‘discovery’, expansion and colonisation.
  • Gain experience in analysing a variety of primary sources recorded by Europeans and First Peoples.

What you'll achieve

The course is three weeks long; each week is organised chronologically:

  • Week 1: The Rise of Europe. We trace Europe’s rise from a comparatively insular and isolated continent in the Middle Ages to the very beginnings of its colonial empires in the early modern period.
  • Week 2: Global Exploration. We take a closer look at the extensive overseas exploration of Portugal and Spain.
  • Week 3: The Conquest of Latin America. We examine in detail the invasion of the Aztec Empire. We consider the views of Europeans and First Peoples in our discussion.

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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