HIST369 Spain and the New World, 1474-1700

Updated: 08 August 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ANCH or HINQ or HIST or RELS or SPAN or any 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST569
Notes None
Combined Units HIST569 - Spain and the New World, 1474-1700
Coordinator(s) Francois Soyer (francois.soyer@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit aims to introduce students to the history of Spain during its "Golden Age" in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. During this period, Spain rose to become not only the most powerful kingdom in Europe but also the first modern European state to establish a global empire over which "the sun never set". Students will study the abrupt rise to supremacy and subsequent slow decline of Spain as a major actor on both the European and World stages in the early modern period. They will work with translated primary sources, analysing the many problems that confront historians when examining Imperial Spain, including the impact of Spain's foreign policy in Europe, its economic woes as well as its persecution of religious minorities.

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Spain, 1469-1714 : a Society of Conflict

ISBN: 9781408271933
Kamen, H., Routledge 4th ed. 2014

Note: Available as an e-book through the Dixson Library

Text refers to: Trimester 3, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Major Essay 60% 3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Minor Essay 40% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply critical and reflective thinking;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the development of the Spanish Empire;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of historical methodology;
  4. locate, evaluate and appropriately use historical sources; and
  5. display the ability to communicate their knowledge of the history of early modern Spain and its empire clearly and coherently in their written assessments.