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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Theories of Empire in the Early Modern Period (ODL) (PGHC11442)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course looks at the development and meaning of the concepts of 'empire', conquest and dominion, from their Roman roots until the 18th century, using the Stuart ideas of empire as its starting point.
Course description This course looks at the development and meaning of the concepts of 'empire', conquest and dominion, from their Roman roots until the 18th century. Taking the Stuart ideas of empire as its focal point, it addresses classical and European theories of empire and their applications, especially, but not exclusively, in the Americas and pays attention to the Spanish, Portuguese, French, British and Dutch empires. The focus here is on the intellectual contexts, which underpinned them, rather than on their history and development.

1. Introduction & historiography
2. Rome
3. Imperium at home
4. Laboratories for empire?
5. Union
6. Spain emulated
7. Spain condemned
8. Religious arguments
9. The sea-based empire
10. Universal monarchy
11. The Race Card
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework essay of 3,000 words (80%)
Research report (10%)
Forum posts (10%)
Feedback Students will receive extensive written feedback on their essays. They will also have ample opportunity to go over that feedback with the course organiser in their designated office hours (over Skype) or by email.

Regular feedback will also be provided by the course organiser through the moderation of the course's asynchronous seminars.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in research reports and essays a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning the theories of empires
  2. Demonstrate in research reports and essays an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship concerning the history of the theories of empires and their comparative context, primary source materials concerning conquest, domination and acquisition of empires and conceptual discussions about intellectual history
  3. Demonstrate in research reports and seminar participation, an ability to understand and apply specialised research or professional skills, techniques and practices considered in the course
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form in seminar discussions, presentations, research reports and essays by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  5. Demonstrate in seminar discussions, presentations, research reports and essays originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
Reading List
Armitage, D. The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (Cambridge, 2000)
Canny, Nicholas, 'The Ideology of English Colonization: from Ireland to America', William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 30 (1973), 575-98
Elliott, J. H., 'A Europe of Composite Monarchies', Past & Present, 137 (1992), 48-71
Alison Games, The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660 (Oxford, 2008)
Kupperman, Karen, 'The Beehive as a Model for Colonial Design', in: Idem (ed.), America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750 (Williamsburg, 1995), 272-295
Macinnes, Allan I., Union and Empire. The Making of the United Kingdom in 1707 (Cambridge, 2007)
Morgan, Philip, 'Virginia's Other Prototype: The Caribbean', in: Philip P. Boucher, The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624 (North Carolina, 2007)
Ohlmeyer, Jane, ''Civilizinge of those rude partes': Colonization within Britain and Ireland, 1580s-1640s', in: Nicholas Canny (ed), The Oxford History of Empire. Vol I. The Origins of Empire. British Overseas Enterprise to the Close of the Seventeenth Century (Oxford, 1998), 124-147
Pagden, A., Lords of All the World: Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France, c. 1500-c.1800 (London, 1995)
Robin W. Winks, The Oxford history of the British Empire. Volume 5, Historiography (Oxford, 1999)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsTheories of Empire,Early Modern Period
Course organiserDr Esther Mijers
Tel: (0131 6)50 3756
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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