Colonialism: A Global History

HIS20008 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

Last withdraw without fail:
18 Sep 20


50 Credit Points

Aims and objectives

This unit exposes students to the global history of colonialism. The expansion of Europe and the establishment of colonies in distant lands was a crucial driver of globalisation processes. Constituting North and South and East and West, colonial relationships fundamentally shaped the world we live in. Indeed, even if the colonial dependencies have now disappeared from the map, the consequences of colonialism are still with us. An ability to deconstruct the implications of the long-term development of this phenomenon and its consequences is essential to an understanding of the global present.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Understand Europe's global expansion from the 'Age of Discoveries' to the 'Imperial Scramble' of the late nineteenth century
2. Analyse the different types of imperial and colonial practices that various colonising powers developed to manage colonised populations
3. Analyse the different ways in which colonised peoples resisted colonialism
4. Assess the most relevant aspects of decolonisation processes after WWII
5. Deconstruct the long-term implications of colonialism.

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