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HIST6130 Themes in Imperial History

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • To develop an understanding of selected themes or topics in imperial history
  • To develop knowledge of some of the sources and methods used in the writing of imperial history
  • To understand some key historiographical debates within the study of imperial history


This module will provide students with an opportunity to explore some key themes in imperial history, with a likely focus on the history and historiography of the British Empire. Topics may be drawn from any period in imperial history, from the beginnings of British/European overseas expansion, through mercantile empires, the age of global imperialism, to decolonisation and imperial remnants and legacies.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 100%
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