History of the Atlantic World – HIWD 560

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

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

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course provides a foundation for understanding hemispheric exchanges that took place following Columbus’ voyage to the Americas. Students will gain a better understanding of European, African, Latin American, and North American history since 1492.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Discussions (3)

There will be 3 Discussions throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each. Each thread must be 400 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words in length.

Response & Annotation Assignments (6)

The student will write a 750 word response to the weekly readings and provide an annotated bibliography of an additional 3 sources that relate to the Learn material.

Movie Review Assignment

The student will write a 4–5-page (approximately 1,200 words) critical response essay in current Turabian format to The Mission.

Slave Trade Database Exercise Assignment

The student will complete a research exercise utilizing the assigned websites. 

Book Analysis Assignment

The student will write a 1,000-word critical response essay in current Turabian format to Jon Sensbach’s Rebecca’s Revival: Creating Black Christianity in the Atlantic World.

Research Proposal Assignment

The student will write a 3–5-paragraph proposal in current Turabian format for the Research Project. The proposal must be approved by the instructor before the student may move forward with the project.

Research Project Assignment

The student will write a 12–15-page research-oriented paper in current Turabian format on a student-chosen topic regarding Atlantic World History. The paper must include at least 20 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.