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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Empires and Globalisation
Module Code HY347
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Akpu
Semester 2: James Akpu
Autumn: James Akpu
Module TeachersSusan Hegarty
Grania Shanahan
James Akpu
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

In this module, taught over eleven weeks in the first semester, students will encounter the early exploration and trading activities of Portugal and Castile (later Spain) in Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean; the commercial rivalry and struggle for colonies by the European states of England, France, Spain and Portugal, the Dutch and the Danes; European trade overseas, mercantilism and the overseas empires; the establishment of administrative and judicial machinery outside Europe; the activities of Christian missionaries in the imperial projects in Asia and the Americas in the Golden Age of Spain; England, and the Elizabethan Age; the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the industrial revolution, and the wonders of science and technology and the colonisation of North America, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Examining these explorations and themes allows us to see the shift towards globalisation as several parts of the world were incorporated into European empires, giving rise to interconnectivity, change and continuity, transforming the world’s cultural, demographic, socio-economic and political landscape.

Learning Outcomes

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture240No Description
Total Workload: 240

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Abernethy B. David: 2000, The dynamics of global dominance: European overseas empires, 1415-1980, New Haven and London,
  • Weisner-Hanks Merry: 2006, Early Modern Europe 1450–1789, Cambridge,
  • J.C. Sharman: 2020, Empires of the weak: The real story of European expansion and the creation of the new world order, Princeton,
  • Michael C. Meyer, William L. Sherman and Susan M. Deeds,: 2003, The course of Mexican history, 7th, New York and Oxford,
  • Albert Adu Boahen, (ed.): 1990, UNESCO General History of Africa: Africa under colonial domination, 1880-1935, Vol. VII, Paris and Ibadan,
  • Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper: 2010, Empires in world history: power and the politics of difference, Princeton,
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