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HSTY2719: Colonisation in the Americas

2023 unit information

The encounter between Indigenous societies and European colonisers is the most defining moment in the history of the Americas. Therefore, this unit explores the social, political, cultural, and economic processes that took place in the region under Iberian imperial rule, that is, from the arrival of Portuguese and Spanish colonists in the late fifteenth century until the beginning of the revolutions against European control in the late eighteenth century. These three centuries of confrontations and transformations shaped, in many ways, the culture and identity of Latin American societies.

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Code HSTY2719
Academic unit History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in History
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. LO1: Develop a solid understanding of the confrontations and negotiations taking place between American natives and Iberian colonists from 1492 to 1780
  • LO2. LO2: Identify the social, political, cultural, and economic transformations that shaped Spanish and Portuguese American societies in early modern times.
  • LO3. LO3: Explain the formation of Latin American identities and cultures in relation to the process of European colonisation in the region.
  • LO4. LO4: Analyse and critically interpret primary and secondary sources to better understand the early modern history of Latin America.
  • LO5. LO5: Organise bibliographic materials and consolidate oral and written communication skills.

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Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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