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HIST1089 Histories of Empire

Module Overview

This module considers the ways in which historians have approached the topics of colonisation, colonialism and colonial rule. It provides students with a brief introduction to these historical themes.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- Introduce selected different approaches and methods that historians have used to study the history of European overseas empires - Develop awareness of some of the approaches and source materials that can be used in the study of the past - Augment and refine the range of skills useful in life after university

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Key themes in the history of European overseas Empires and colonialism
  • Selected historiographical debates related to the study of European Empires
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the key characteristics of European overseas empires
  • Identify and explain selected approaches and methods that historians have used to study the history of European overseas empires
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Research: demonstrate that you are able to engage in a programme of independent reading guided by the module convener
  • Analyse: think analytically about the material you have located and read
  • Communicate: share your thoughts about your reading verbally and in writing, constructing arguments based on evidence.
  • Manage your own learning and your time effectively, meeting deadlines

Syllabus

This module considers the ways in which historians have approached the topics of colonialism and colonial rule. It provides students with a brief introduction to these historical themes. The main aim of the module, however, is to allow you to focus on selected historiographical debates and historical documents, rather than providing a comprehensive overview of western colonialism. Most of the case studies and documents will relate to the British Empire and there will be a strong focus on the colonisation of the Americas. Likely topics for discussion include: ? - Traditional histories of Empire ? - Postcolonialism ? - Subaltern Studies ? - Gender and 'race' ? - Rethinking colonial cultures ? - The 'New Imperial History'

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - Lectures - Seminars Learning activities include - Independent reading using resources available in the library - Note-taking in lectures - Active participation in seminars - You will use reading lists provided by the module convener to guide your reading and preparation for weekly seminars. You will be expected to make contributions to seminar discussions based on your preparatory reading.

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Guha, R. and Spivak, G. C. (1989). Selected Subaltern Studies. 

Hall, C. (2000). Cultures of Empire: Colonizers in Britain and the Empire in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Commentary exercise  (1000 words) 20%
Essay  (2000 words) 40%
Exam  (1 hours) 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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