Detailed Information

HIS21080 - British Empire, 1495 - 1945 (Credit)* 2016

This module will investigate the origins and evolution of the British empire, from the early adventurers’ journeys of exploration in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to the zenith of British dominion over large areas of the globe in the early twentieth century. Throughout the module, emphasis will be placed on themes such as exploration, trade, slavery, war, humanitarianism, and culture and cultural exchange in relation to the emergence and expansion of the empire. Issues regarding the relationship between the coloniser and the colonised and the centre and periphery will be explored, along with examination of the various ways in which the empire was represented through media such as print, art, cartography, and music.

Dates Schedule Time Venue/Location Fee €
24 Jan 2017 to 25 Apr 2017 Sessions: 12
Lectures: Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Tutorials: To be selected
14:00 Belfield


Semester 2

Level 2

Lectures:  Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 pm beginning 24 January, 2017

Tutorials:  To be selected


If you are taking this module for credit, please take note of the dates below:


Term dates for study/revision:  

Monday 13 March to Saturday 25 March, 2017

Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May, 2017


Term dates for exams:                 

Monday 8 May to Saturday 20 May, 2017

Open Learning Fee (audit only) €325 per module

Open Learning Fee (with assessment) €500 per 5 credit module


Upgrading from audit to credit:  You may upgrade from being an audit student to a credit student up to three weeks into term.  Please note, however, that you can't change back to being an audit student - if you decide not to complete the assignments and/or sit the exams, this will appear on your academic record.


There are no concessions available for Open Learning modules.


Refunds may in some instances be available for extenuating circumstances, such as serious illness, within two weeks of the start of the module.  Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing, with supporting documents where appropriate.

Assoc Prof Charles McGrath