- Code HIST2231
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Academic career UGRD
- Nicholas Halter
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2014
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This course traces the history of Western exploration of the Americas, Australasia, Africa, Antarctica and beyond from the 15th to the 20th centuries. It will examine the ways in which Western travellers and explorers ventured out into the world beyond Europe, and how they sought to make sense of the environments and peoples they encountered. In this course we will study the diverse commercial, scientific, national, and personal motives explorers had for venturing out into uncharted parts of the world, including the search for imagined El Dorados as well as other fabled lands such as Terra Australis Incognita and Timbuktu. Themes covered in this course include: the interconnections between exploration and natural history including how 'specimens' collected by explorers influenced western scientific knowledge and taxonomy; the influence of technology and media on facilitating exploration and producing ever expanding audiences; and a critical evaluation of the idea of the 'lone explorer' by tracing how these travellers were self-fashioned, depicted in popular culture, and highlighting their often unacknowledged colleagues and intermediaries who assisted them.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- demonstrate critical understanding of key themes and issues in the study of global exploration
- explain the relationship between exploration and imperial interests in different national and regional contexts
- examine and analyse primary sources to illuminate course themes
- effectively communicate ideas both orally and in writing
- conduct independent research and analysis
Minor essay (1500 words, 35%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]
Research essay (3000 words, 55%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Oral and/or written contribution to class activities 10% [LOs 1, 2, 4]
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1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1hr tutorial per week for 13 weeks, plus weekly reading and preparation time for assessments, making a total of about 130 hours of work over the semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Weekly readings available through Wattle.
Students seeking preliminary reading for the course might consult:
Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe, Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration (NY: WW Norton and Company, 2006).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8869||21 Jul 2014||01 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|