Age of Empires

Subject HIST10010 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 35 hours – 24 x 1 hour lectures and 11 x 1 hour tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Richard Young, Prof Trevor Burnard


Professor Trevor Burnard


Professor 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 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 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; and
  • develop a critical self-awareness, including being open to new ideas and possibilities.
  • A secondary source analysis of 500 words, due in week 5 of semester (10%)
  • A 1000 word document analysis due week 9 of semester (30%)
  • A 2500 word major essay due in the end of semester examination period (60%)

Hurdle requirement:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
  • students must have successfully completed the online Researching History module.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readings will be available online.

Breadth Options:

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

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Certificate in Arts - History
Graduate Diploma in Arts - History
Related Breadth Track(s): Middle East and Islam

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