Atlantic World – HIWD 460

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines the social, cultural, political, and economic interactions of the Atlantic World from circa. 1492 – circa. 1825.




Columbus’ voyage and discovery of the Americas in 1492 initiated a host of historical processes, the reverberations of which are still felt today. Following the initial contact and conquests of Europeans in the Americas, the Atlantic world became an arena of intensive migration, markets, and cultural interaction. Europeans and Africans free and unfree, rich and poor alike crossed the Atlantic (willfully or un-willfully) to inhabit a new environment, and in the process of making a new world, they also remade themselves. This course examines those events, people, and cultures that made up the Atlantic World and the historical processes that were set in motion. This course expands the world history offerings in the history department and offers the student an avenue to examine this crucial period in the development of an Atlantic hemispheric culture.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify major periods and themes in the social and political development of the Atlantic World.
  2. Describe the cultural and economic interactions of Atlantic World inhabitants.
  3. Evaluate and compare the construction and deconstruction of New and Old World social, political, and cultural identities.
  4. Evaluate and analyze the historiographical themes of Atlantic World Studies.
  5. Demonstrate undergraduate-level competencies in reading comprehension and documentary analysis.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, required articles and lecture presentations.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread should be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ Each reply should be at least 150 words.

Initial draft of Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit a document that presents his/her proposed annotated bibliographical topic and will include at least 8 annotated (at least 50-word draft annotations) supporting sources cited in current Turabian format.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will select a topic from the approved listing and prepare a list of citations of books, peer-reviewed articles, and primary source documents. Each citation will be followed by a brief (175-200 words) description and evaluation of the source as it relates to the selected topic. The Annotated Bibliography will include an introduction (550-600words) of the selected topic followed by the citations.

Article Responses (3)

The student will read the assigned articles and complete a response to the provided prompt. The critique must be 600–650 words and demonstrate an understanding of the reading and an analysis of required reading.

Tests (4)

Each test will cover all materials in the Reading & Study folders and contain 20 multiple-choice, true/false, and 2 short answer (5-6 sentences) questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.