• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mark Dawson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    See Future Offerings

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 be able to:

  1. Analyse primary sources and use them to reconstruct beliefs, ideas, and attitudes from the past.
  2. Articulate their understanding of the past and explain how that understanding relates to the wider historiography as well as present-day concerns.
  3. Construct evidence-based arguments about the consequences of the "discovery of the New World" for European, American, and African peoples.
  4. Evaluate continuity and change over time, with particular reference to globalization, a process often said to define modernity.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Participation: (10%) [LO 1, 2].

Primary Source Analysis: 1,000 words (15%) [LO 1, 3].

Topical Essay: 2,000 words (35%) [LO 2, 3, 4].

Final Assessment: Either a 2,500 word research essay on an approved question, or a final 2.5 hour, closed-book examination (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4].

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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 for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week over the semester to work on their assessment (total 130 hours)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST1205.

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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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