• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History

An introduction to Atlantic history and the study of the various socio-cultural, political, economic and material relationships which came to link Europe, Africa, and the Americas; their formation, mutual influence and impact, and, in some instances, transformation or dissolution. Principal themes will be how historians study premodern American peoples; why, and to what extent, many of these peoples were conquered by Europeans; European interactions with (changing) Native American and African societies; the rise of slavery and racism; the varied consequences for early modern European societies of global expansion.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Develop their ability to think historically. That is, they will learn how we go about comprehending the past; explaining change and continuity over time by evaluating different types of primary source (i.e. surviving texts and artefacts that are potential historical evidence).
  2. Practise articulating their understanding of the past and be able to explain how their own understanding relates to the wider historiography as well as present-day concerns.
  3. Expand their knowledge of the consequences of the so-called “discovery of the New World” for Europeans, Americans, and Africans, and its ramifications for globalization, a process often said to define modernity.
  4. Gain research experience in early modern political and/or socio-cultural history.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Participation: accounts for 10% of the final grade. [Learning Outcomes's 1, 2]


Topical Essay: 2,000 words and worth 35% of the final grade. [Learning Outcome 3]

Students will be free to select their topic from among the first 6 tutorials for the
course. Essays will typically be due 1-2 weeks after their discussion at tutorials.


Research Essay: an essay on an approved question, 3,000 words
and worth 45% of the final grade. [Learning Outcome 4]

As this task takes the place of a final exam it will be due in the first week of the scheduled examination period.
To recognize and reward the process behind this assessment, the better of the two
essays will be apportioned an additional 10%.

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On-campus. Lectures streamed via DLD audio, and Web video as available.

Two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial session per week. Students should
expect to devote an additional 7 hours per week to work on their assessment.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

A Reading Brick will be compiled.


Preliminary reading:

A. Taylor, American Colonies. The Settling of North America (2002); T. Benjamin, The Atlantic World. Europeans, Africans, Indians and Their Shared History, 1400-1900 (2009), N. Canny & P. Morgan, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World (2012).

Preliminary Reading

A. Taylor, American Colonies. The Settling of North America (2002).

Contact course convener for further details.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3187 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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