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The Atlantic World: Africa, Europe, and the Americas, 1500-1900

Course Code: HIST 3300
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

HIST 3300, The Atlantic World, considers the interconnected histories of encounter, conquest and exchange between Africa, Europe, North America, and South America, from the beginnings of transatlantic travel and trade to the abolition of slavery in the western hemisphere. Topics include: the rise of European empires and the responses of Indigenous populations; the transatlantic trajectories of certain plants, animals, and pathogens; race, slavery, and the development of the Atlantic economy; gender and the evolution of colonial societies; and the disintegration of imperial regimes and the emergence of colonial independence movements.

Course Content

1. What is the Atlantic World?

2. The Iberian Empires, Indigenous Peoples, and the Making of the Atlantic World

3. Imperial Rivalry I: The Origins of the Dutch, English, and French Empires

4. Christian Missionaries, Indigenous Peoples, and Cultural Exchange

5. Trade, Labour, and Slavery

6. Voluntary Migration and the Emergence of Creole Cultures

7. Ecological Transformations

8. Gender and the Development of Colonial Societies

9. Imperial Rivalry II: Warfare in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century

10. The Age of Revolution I: France, the United States, and Haiti

12. The Age of Revolution II: Latin America and Canada

13. The Abolition of Slavery and the Unmaking of the Atlantic World

14. Course Conclusion

Methods of Instruction

Classroom instruction will include both lectures and seminar discussions. Lectures will provide instruction on weekly topics with opportunities for student inquiry and discussion. Seminars will encourage active class participation in the analysis of assigned primary and secondary readings. Classroom instruction may also include student presentations on specific readings and/or topics, and other types of student-led activities. Classroom instruction may also include tutorials and workshops on transferrable skills, including research methods, academic citation practice, and presentation skills

Means of Assessment

Assessment will be in accordance with the Douglas College student evaluation policy. Students may conduct research with human participants as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans. There will be at least three separate assessments, which may include a combination of midterm and final exams; research essays; primary document analysis assignments and essays; quizzes; map tests; in-class and online written assignments; seminar presentations; student assignment portfolios; group projects; creative projects; class participation.

The value of each assessment and evaluation, expressed as a percentage of the final grade, will be listed in the course outline distributed to students at the beginning of the term. Specific evaluation criteria will vary according to the instructor’s assessment of appropriate evaluation methods.

An example of one evaluation scheme:

Participation 15%
Reading Analyses 10%
Primary Document Analyses 15%
Seminar Presentation 10%
Research Proposal and Annotated Bibliography 10%
Research Essay 25%
Final Examination 15%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, successful students will be able to demonstrate historical thinking skills, research skills, critical thinking skills and communication skills by:

1. Locating, examining, assessing, and evaluating a range of primary sources and secondary scholarly literature critically and analytically (reading history).

2. Constructing historical arguments, taking historical perspectives, and interpreting historical problems through different types of writing assignments of varying length (writing history).

3. Participating in active and informed historical debate independently and cooperatively through classroom discussion and presentation (discussing history).

4. Independently and cooperatively investigating the ways that history is created, preserved and disseminated through public memory and commemoration, oral history, community engagement, and other forms of popular visual and written expressions about the past (applying history)

course prerequisites

One 1000-level History course, or permission of the instructor



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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