Empires and Colonies in the Atlantic World, 1640-1763 HIST4197

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will investigate how these new empires were conceived, built, and challenged. It will look at whether or not European powers initially set out to build empires, what they hoped they might get out of connecting disparate beachheads around the mighty Atlantic Ocean, and how they sought to manage those beachheads once they had grown into flourishing businesses and societies.


This course will be offered at least twice weekly via lectures and/or seminars and taught as scheduled in MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes 

Excluded Courses



Assessment: One essay (1500-2000 words in length) represents 20%; one oral seminar paper (800 words) equal to 6%; seminar contribution represents 4%; 1 x 120minutes duration exam in April/May diet represents 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May