1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
4.5 units of Second Level HIST topics
Enrolment not permitted
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Topic description

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? In this topic, students will investigate a series of empires from the ancient world, the Middle Ages, and the modern period to explore how different people have experienced imperialism throughout history.

The topic employs a truly global approach to demonstrate that, while European states have historically embraced empires as a means of ordering populations, other civilisations around the world have also developed forms of imperialism. As part of this investigation, students will scrutinise both primary and secondary sources, conduct their own research into imperialism, and be exposed to differing historiographical methodologies.

Educational aims

  • 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
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon the nature of imperialism and how it has been represented and received
  2. Appreciate the complexities, characteristics and legacies of imperialism
  3. Develop their communication skills through discussion and reasoned argument
  4. Locate, collect, interpret and synthesise a range of historical sources to develop a coherent argument
  5. Plan, research and write an academic essay