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Course Code: HIST306 Course ID: 3056 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the British Empire from the late 18th century to the 1960s. It includes the settler colonies, the colonies inhabited almost exclusively by non-European peoples, and the "informal empire" of trade and investment as well as the impact of the Empire upon the British Isles. (Prerequisites: HIST300/HS334 for History and Military History majors only)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
12/28/2021 - 06/03/2022 06/06/2022 - 07/31/2022 June Spring 2022 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/2022 - 07/29/2022 08/01/2022 - 09/25/2022 August Summer 2022 Session I 8 Week session
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the origin of the British colonial system.
  • Analyze the major economic and social features of the British Empire and how those features changed over time and interpret the importance of sea power to the establishment and continuance of the British Empire.
  • Discuss the strategic and diplomatic situation of the British Empire relative to other European, Mediterranean, and Asian powers.
  • Assess the influence of British norms and institutions on colonies and former colonies.
  • Measure the role played by colonies in 20th century political and military strategy and debate the causes and effects of decolonization following World War II.

There are several types of assignments to complete for this course. In the lesson section of the class, under the tab Assignment, are detailed expectations for each assignment. Here, in the syllabus, I am providing a brief description of each assignment and the grading in general terms.

Discussions

Week One’s Discussion is the only one during the course that is not graded with a numerical grade, it is Pass/Fail. All other Discussions are graded on a 100-point system.

  •  Thoroughness / Length of Original Post (40 points): There is no specific length requirement, but a well-organized and well developed post will typically be two-three healthy paragraphs long (assuming a minimum of five sentences per paragraph). If you explain your ideas clearly and use specific details to support them, your post should reach an appropriate length. These posts should be your own ideas. That being said, you are free and welcome to use quotations from our sources to support your opinions. However, you must cite them appropriately if you do.
  •  Thoroughness of Peer Responses (40 points): Again, there is no limit, but your entry must have substance. Your responses should add to the conversation. Simply saying, "I agree" or "I disagree" is not good enough. Explain whether you agree and why. Bring up another related point, or ask a question. If you choose to ask a question, though, be sure to give your own answer as well. As a general rule, a thorough response will be one-two paragraphs long (again, assuming a minimum of five sentences per paragraph). You will respond to at least three of your classmates during each forum. You will complete 4 of these peer Discussion.
  •  Thoroughness of Follow-Up Question (20 points): Same requirements as your original response.


Short Source Response

Throughout the course, you will complete 2 short source responses. This is basically an assignment where you will be given a primary source document to read. You need to write a short (about 3 page) response to the document. In your response, just react to what you see in the document, what questions arise in your mind as you read it, what connections you make with other sources or issues from your text, etc.

Research Paper Discussion

Each week from 2-6 you will post an update on the this fDiscussion to judge your progress in the writing and researching of your paper.

Research Paper

For this course, you are required to write an 8-10 page research paper which will be due by the end of Week Seven. Your papers must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style for citations and layout. This includes a title page, footnotes, and a bibliography. These “special” pages do not count towards the 8-10 page requirement. In the Course Materials section above, I provided a list of books that will help meet the Chicago style requirement.

As an APUS student, you have access to numerous resources at the Online Library’s Tutorial & Student Studies Center that will not only help with Chicago style, but will also help polish grammar skills, organize your papers and help you to avoid plagiarism. I encourage you to examine these resources, especially before beginning your research paper, but also as often as you feel is necessary during the actual writing process. The exact breakdown of the grade for this assignment is within the assignment section for week seven.

Final Exam

For this course, you will complete a final comprehensive final exam.

Weighting of Assignments

I will post your grades for each assignment within five days of the due date or within five days of when you submit it if submitted after the due date. I will provide detailed feedback about what you did well, and what may need improvement. If you have any questions about a grade or need clarification on the feedback, please feel free to email to discuss your concerns.

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the origin of the British colonial system.
  • Analyze the major economic and social features of the British Empire and how those features changed over time and interpret the importance of sea power to the establishment and continuance of the British Empire.
  • Discuss the strategic and diplomatic situation of the British Empire relative to other European, Mediterranean, and Asian powers.
  • Assess the influence of British norms and institutions on colonies and former colonies.
  • Measure the role played by colonies in 20th century political and military strategy and debate the causes and effects of decolonization following World War II.
Book Title:The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830-1970 - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780521302081
Publication Info:Lib
Author:Darwin, John
Unit Cost:$43.31
 
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.