This topic assumes a familiarity with the kind of knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills that would be acquired by the completion of at least 9 units of second level topics from the History major sequence.
Associated major: History
Why have some states attempted to impose themselves politically, militarily and economically on others? When does hegemony turn into imperialism? How have those subjected to imperialist pressures reacted? Through an investigation of a number of empires in a variety of settings, this topic will demonstrate how imperialism has been experienced throughout history. It will employ a truly global approach, in an effort to demonstrate that, while European states have historically embraced empires as a means of ordering populations, other civilisations have also developed forms of imperialism. As part of this investigation, students will scrutinise both primary and secondary sources, as well as conduct their own research into imperialism and reactions to it. They will also be exposed to differing historiographical methodologies.
A strong knowledge of differing perspectives on historical events and agents and how these perspectives contribute to historical discourse within the profession and more broadly
A strong knowledge of the disciplinary nature of history, its disciplinary history, its methodology, and its role in the community
The ability to undertake historical research and reporting
The ability to effectively communicate a nuanced knowledge and understanding of historical events and concepts in written and oral form
The ability to work independently and collaboratively
Expected learning outcomes
Students successfully completing this Topic should be able to:
critically reflect upon the nature of imperialism and how it has been represented and received
appreciate the complexities, characteristics and legacies of imperialism
develop their communication skills through discussion and reasoned argument
locate, collect, interpret and synthesise a range of historical sources to develop a coherent argument
plan, research and write an academic essay
Key dates and timetable
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