Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Atlantic World, 1500 -1800
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Individual 10-minute 'feedback tutorial' per written assignment submitted
Lecture 18 x 50 minute sessions
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 50 minute sessions


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   (1 x 3 hour exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   1 x 3 hour supplementary (resit) examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
Have a firm grounding in the secondary source material and on-going debates in the new and rapidly growing of Atlantic history.

Show an appreciation of the relevance of a comparative approach in history.

Reflect upon and critically analyze secondary and primary sources.

Collect, collate and analyze historical evidence and produce both oral and written arguments.

Work independently and collaboratively.

Produce work in a professional manner and develop skills appropriate to the study of history.


1. Atlantic History: What, When and Why?
2. The Americas, Europe and Africa before 1492
3. Christopher Columbus and the making of the Atlantic
4. The Spanish, Portuguese and British Empires in the Atlantic world
5. Encountering indigenous cultures
6. Evangelization in the New World
7. European movement and migration
8. British migration to the New World
9. Keeping in touch - communication in the Atlantic world
10. Africa and the Atlantic world
11. The Rise of Slavery
12. Trade and the economy
13. Working on the Atlantic: Pirates, Sailors and Merchants
14. Revival and Revivalism in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world
15. The Atlantic world at war
16. Atlantic Revolutions I: Britain and America
17. Atlantic Revolutions II: France and Spain
18. Empires into Nations: the impact on the Atlantic world

1. The Concept of Atlantic History
2. Columbus and the significance of 1492
3. Establishment of the Spanish, Portuguese and British Atlantic empires
4. Encountering native cultures
5. Migration across the Atlantic
6. Atlantic trade
7. Africa and the Atlantic world
8. The Atlantic world at war
9. Atlantic revolutions
10. Legacies

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Read a wide range of both primary and secondary texts; improve listening skills during the lectures, and consequently develop skills in note taking; demonstrate and develop the ability to communicate ideas in two essays; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Show awareness of own learning styles, personal preferences and needs; devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies; devise a personal action plan to include short and long-term goals and to develop personal awareness of how to improve on these.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to access information on CD-Roms and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be encouraged to word-process their work. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course in progression; plan and prepare for future course / career.
Problem solving Identify problems and factors which might influence potential solutions; develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving; evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Understand a range of research methods and plan and carry out research; produce academically appropriate pieces of written work.
Team work Understand the concept of group dynamics; contribute to the setting of group goals; contribute effectively to the planning of group activities; play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars); exercise negotiation and persuasion skills; evaluate group activities and own contribution.


This module is at CQFW Level 6