Module Catalogue 2019/20

HIS1025 : World Empires

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Joseph Lawson
  • Lecturer: Dr Vanessa Mongey, Dr Scott Ashley, Dr Willow Berridge, Ms Anne Redgate, Dr Philip Garrett
  • Teaching Assistant: Ms Jennifer Kain, Dr Lauren Darwin, Dr Darakhshan Khan, Dr Anton Caruana Galizia
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

This module is an introduction to connections and comparisons between different parts of the world from Antiquity to the present day. The lectures will offer an essential chronological spine to the course, being divided into three blocks: Ancient and Medieval, c.1–1500AD; Early Modern, c.1500–1800; Modern, c.1800–present. The seminars will then give more detail about individual periods and allow for exploration of important debates and problems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Key issues discussed within the module might include:
Ancient & Medieval
• Rome and its Old World connections
• Han and T’ang China, as a comparative ‘Ancient World’.
• Medieval Islam as a Eurasian civilization
• Marco Polo, the Silk Road & Chinese voyages of exploration and trade
• Pre-Columbian American Empires, e.g. Maya, Inca, Aztecs
Early Modern
• Columbus, Vasco da Gama and the Iberian empires, east and west
• Africa and the slave-empires of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans
• The ‘Columbian Exchange’ & ecological imperialism
• Cross-cultural trading empires
• Enlightenment voyages in the Pacific
Modern
• The Rise of European Colonial empires after 1800
• The ‘Great Divergence’ between Europe and East Asia
• Comparative cultures of colonialism, e.g. race, mapping, environment etc.
• Decolonization and resistance movements
• New world empires in the 21st century: China & India

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:
• Understand how different parts of the world have interacted with each other from Antiquity to the present-day.
• Understand how empires have been born, grown and then died in world history from the Roman Empire to the present-day.
• Compare the crucial characteristics of world empires and assess how they had different or similar historical trajectories.
• Assess critically the historiography of world empires and world history in the relevant periods.
• Have some knowledge of the primary materials, textual and material, used to explore these themes.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of this module students should have:
• Developed the capacity for independent study, critical judgement and the ability to respond promptly, cogently and clearly to new and unexpected questions arising from this study.
• Developed associated skills in research, critical reading and reasoning, and sustained discussion, along with appropriate presentation of the results.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion741:0074:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading741:0074:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Staff time based on 16 groups
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:0010% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

• Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.
• Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A752 hr exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M251500 Words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

• Exams test acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided and to write clearly and concisely.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.