Empire of Liberty? Britain and the Globalisation of the World
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- 27 Jul 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Understand and explain some chief threads of British imperial activity during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
- Understand and evaluate the ways in which the British Empire since 1688 has served as a globalising carrier of modernity.
- Produce written work on multiple aspects of British imperial activity and impact based on primary- and secondary-source research.
- Synthesize their understandings and analysis into clear, specific arguments presented in cogent writing with appropriate references.
- Engage with staff and other students in classroom discussions and present their ideas and opinions orally.
- Week 1 Introduction
- Week 2: Britain in 1688
- Week 3: Forging a Nation
- Week 4: The British Atlantic World
- Week 5: A Changing Empire
- Week 6: Imperial Meridian
- Week 7 Industrial Empire
- Week 8 Governing the Empire
- Week 9 Rebelling against the Empire
- Week 10 'High Imperialism'
- Week 11 - essay workshops
- Week 12 Imperial Fin de Siecle
- Week 13: Decolonization
Students should have studied some history at 100 levels prior to doing this subject. They should have good written English and essay writing skills.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
Over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, Britain was key in transforming the world. Beginning with the Glorious Revolution of 1688 that assured Protestant Ascendancy, the period saw the rise of Britain from a relatively weak position on the margins of Europe to the centre of the largest and most influential empire in modern times. This unit will consider how the British World functioned as a globalising carrier of modernity in the 18th and 19th centuries, both in the metropole and the colonies, and the heated political, social and cultural contests that always characterised imperial expansion and management. In so doing, this unit will also analyse changing ideas of liberty, the transition to capitalist economics, the increasing complexity of race, gender, and class within imperial relations, and the nature of colonial resistance in its various indigenous, nationalist, and postmodern forms.
- Blog Posts (20%)
- Major Essay (40%)
- Take-Home Exam (20%)
- Participation (10%)
- Quizzes (10%)
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Bachelor of Arts
- Major in English
- Major in Ancient History
- Major in Modern History
- Major in Philosophy
- Major in Politics
- Major in Sociology
- Major in Creative Writing
- Major in Indigenous Studies
- Major in International Relations