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Certificate of Achievement

Randal Oulton

has completed the following course:

European Empires: An Introduction, 1400–1522

The University of Newcastle Australia

This short online course explored European history and the major events that shaped Europe.

3 weeks, 2 hours per week

Professor John Fischetti

Pro Vice-Chancellor (College of Human and Social Futures)

The University of Newcastle Australia


Learning outcomes

  • Identify the main themes of Europe's encounters and interactions with the wider world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of European empires through discussion and debate.
  • Evaluate relevant primary and secondary sources in European imperial history.


The course offers an introduction to key events in modern European history, analysing European imperialism through a variety of themes including violence, colonialism, and economic and cultural exchange.

The course is three weeks long and is organised chronologically:

  • Week 1 – The Rise of Europe. We trace Europe’s rise from a comparatively insular and isolated continent in the Middle Ages to the very beginnings of its colonial empires in the early modern period.
  • Week 2 – Global Exploration. We take a closer look at the extensive overseas exploration of Portugal and Spain.
  • Week 3 – The Conquest of Latin America. We examine in detail the invasion of the Aztec Empire. We consider the views of Europeans and First Peoples in our discussion.

Issued on 24th August 2021

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Free online course:

European Empires: An Introduction, 1400–1522

The University of Newcastle Australia