Online course in Politics & the Modern World

European Empires: An Introduction

Gain new insights into European history and discover the major events that shaped Europe.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
This course is part of the program Europe and the World, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Find out more.

Learn about European empires and Europe’s history of expansion

It’s the encounters that occurred beyond European borders that shaped Europe itself. On this course, you will explore the history of encounters Europe has had with the rest of the world.

You will become familiar with the origins and nature of European interactions with the lands and people beyond its borders. This includes investigating the discovery of a westward route to the Americas and the building of states, nations and empires.

This online course will focus on primary sources and introduce you to some of the key events, issues and themes of European history that still resonate today.

What topics will you cover?

  • War, violence and invasion
  • Trade, missions and empires
  • Cultural encounters and exchanges
  • Territorial discovery, expansion and colonisation

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • 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.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of European history or their historical skills.

Who will you learn with?

Sacha Davis

Sacha Davis

Hi, I'm Sacha Davis. I'm a lecturer in modern European history at UON. My own research focuses on Central Europe, minorities and the nation-state.

I look forward to getting to know you in this course!

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and #207 in the world (QS rankings, 2019).

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Europe and the World, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts.

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