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Subject details

  • Topics
    • 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
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online Discussion (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • GRF-HUM7463

Special requirements

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.

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