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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.
Intended 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.
Last updated: 14 January 2021