Contact, Conflict, New Worlds: 1450-1750

Subject HIST20067 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture per week for 12 weeks and eleven 1-hour tutorials scheduled across the semester
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 8.5 hours per week including class time: total time commitment 102 hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Trevor Burnard

Subject Overview:

This subject is a history of the encounters, conflicts, and colonisation that produced the 'modern world' of the late eighteenth century. With a focus that is global rather than local, and lectures that emphasize transnational similarities as well as regional singularities, the subject deals with the European encounter with other parts of the world, including Africa and the Atlantic World, the Middle East, South Asia and China. It explores the many ways in which different peoples in different worlds interacted and asks how important these encounters were in shaping the making of the modern world, starting around 1750.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:
• reflect critically on the complexities of periodization in History;
• demonstrate familiarity with the major social, political and cultural developments of the period from the fifteenth through to the eighteenth centuries;
• demonstrate an ability to analyse primary and secondary material in writing about the past.


A document analysis 1000 words 30% (due early semester), a tutorial journal 500 words 15% (due mid semester) and a research essay 2500 words 55% (due end of semester).

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 on line

Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:
• demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
• show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;
• demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities, and constructing an argument.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History

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