Europe in the World - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,625.00
International 2,875.00

A history of the transition from European empire-building by conquest towards 'globalisation' under American hegemony. The unit covers the sudden Spanish conquests of the Aztec/Mexican and Incan empires, the rise of the Ottoman Empire, the rapid growth of the British Empire, as well as the decline of European empires in the twentieth century.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. recognise key patterns in world history, especially the significance of empires in forging connections and conflicts between peoples and societies
  2. trace the roots of contemporary forms and concepts of globalisation back to the Renaissance and to the development of modern modes of empire
  3. appreciate the history of Europe in the context of the traffic of goods, peoples and ideas which constituted this new world of global connection
  4. identify the key similarities and differences between a variety of distinctive empires
  5. recognise the global implications of the transition from European imperialism to American hegemony, including its effects on the role of Australia in the world
  6. engage with relevant literature through careful reading and analysis of arguments
  7. develop sustained and coherent arguments
  8. communicate effectively and confidently in online discussions and writing tasks
  9. define and solve problems in the process of understanding complex historical and social phenomena
  10. make critical evaluations and informed judgements about the value, validity and reliability of opinions, ideas, knowledge and representations.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (50%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HUM7463 — Europe in the World, c.1500-2000CE

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1A Global Renaissance? Europe and Eurasia, c. 1400-1600
2American Empires - Before and After 1492
3Global Revolutions - Before and After 1789
4European Empires in Global Perspective, c. 1700-1900
5The World at War, 1914-1945
6Postwar: Decolonisation to Globalisation, 1945-2000

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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