History of the Atlantic World – HIWD 560

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 exchanges and interactions of the Atlantic World circa. 1492–circa 1825.




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.

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 graduate-level competencies in reading comprehension and documentary analysis.
  6. Create pedagogical tools for teaching Atlantic World History.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

There will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. 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 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words in length.

PowerPoint Submissions (4)

The student will submit 4 PowerPoint presentations that are chosen from an approved listing of topics. The presentation must be between 12–15 slides and include presentation notes.

Movie Review

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

The student will complete a research exercise utilizing the assigned websites. The student will also construct a teaching exercise (video, PowerPoint lecture, etc.) based on the information obtained from the assigned websites.

Book Analysis

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

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

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.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; contain 28 true/false and multiple-choice questions and 2 essay questions; and have a 1-hour time limit.