Age of Empires

Subject HIST10010 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures per week for 12 weeks and eleven 1-hour tutorials scheduled across the semester.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Gillian Russell, Prof Trevor Burnard


Trevor Burnard

Gillian Russell

Subject Overview:

This subject is a history of various empires established throughout the world from the mid-eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. It outlines the nature of empire, discusses the effect of the Age of Revolutions on imperialism, engages with the notions of colonialism and post-colonialism and concludes with understanding the start of World War I within an imperial context.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students will:

  • reflect critically on the complexities of periodization in History;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the major social, political and cultural developments of the period from the eighteenth through to the twentieth centuries;
  • demonstrate an ability to analyse primary and secondary material in writing about the past;
  • develop critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussions, demonstrating the abiltiy to determine the strength of historical arguments;
  • develop the ability to form convincing arguments, built upon effective reading and research;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the social, ethical and cultural contexts of history and historiography;
  • develop a critical self-awareness, including being open to new ideas and possibilities.

Tutorial journal 500 words 12.5% (ongoing through semester); document analysis 1000 Words 25% (due at the end of week 6); research essay 2500 Words 62.5% (due in the examination period)

Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five working days, no late assessment will be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readings will be available online

Recommended Texts:

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History
Related Breadth Track(s): Middle East and Islam

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