HIST569 Spain and the New World, 1474-1700

Updated: 14 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST369
Notes None
Combined Units HIST369 - 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.

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Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. investigate, interpret, critically analyse, reflect on, and synthesise complex information and concepts about power, propaganda of the Spanish Empire;
  2. demonstrate an advanced body of knowledge of the Spanish Empire and early modern European history;
  3. apply an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods to select and synthesise ideas from selected primary source documents relating to the Spanish Empire;
  4. apply specialised knowledge of the historical events, persons and ideas, and integrate their significance into the development and decline of the Spanish empire;
  5. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the range of issues and problems involved in considering the nature of historical knowledge; and
  6. exhibit advanced analytical abilities and a skill in combining a broad range of research materials, from various resources in order to develop and present a coherent and sustained argument.