Europe in the World
Trace the ascent and decline of European empires since the 13th century.Ride out the Spanish conquests of the Americas. Examine the rise of the US as the world moved away from European imperialism. See how Australia found its role in the world.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- recognise key patterns in world history, especially the significance of empires in forging connections and conflicts between peoples and societies
- trace the roots of contemporary forms and concepts of globalisation back to the Renaissance and to the development of modern modes of empire
- appreciate the history of Europe in the context of the traffic of goods, peoples and ideas which constituted this new world of global connection
- identify the key similarities and differences between a variety of distinctive empires
- recognise the global implications of the transition from European imperialism to American hegemony, including its effects on the role of Australia in the world
- engage with relevant literature through careful reading and analysis of arguments
- develop sustained and coherent arguments
- communicate effectively and confidently in online discussions and writing tasks
- define and solve problems in the process of understanding complex historical and social phenomena
- make critical evaluations and informed judgements about the value, validity and reliability of opinions, ideas, knowledge and representations.
- A Global Renaissance? Europe and Eurasia, c. 1400-1600
- American Empires - Before and After 1492
- Global Revolutions - Before and After 1789
- European Empires in Global Perspective, c. 1700-1900
- The World at War, 1914-1945
- Postwar: Decolonisation to Globalisation, 1945-2000
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Resources and Links
- Printable format materials
- Online Assessment
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No special requirements
A history of the transition from European empire-building by conquest towards 'globalisation' under American hegemony. The subject 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.
- Essay 1 (30%)
- Essay 2 (50%)
- Online Discussion (20%)