HIS102 - The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

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Subject Title
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

Subject Description
This course will focus on the origins and development of English-speaking countries formerly under the umbrella of the British Empire.  Although politically independent from Britain for decades, many of these countries share common political and social systems that were developed under British rule.  The countries covered will include the United States, Canada, Australia, India, as well as other countries in Africa, the Caribbean and South-east Asia.  In order to obtain an understanding of the cultural and social diversity of the English-speaking world, students in this course will examine the development of the Commonwealth as a global force in the shaping of the modern world.

Credit Status
A required course in the General Arts Program at King Campus; for other programs, one general education elective credit in the Arts & Humanities category. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Analyze course material in their written assignments in an organized, well-structured manner using proper mechanics, grammar and the essay form.
  2. Demonstrate through their written assignments an understanding and grasp of the ideas and concepts central to the course.
  3. Express through their written assignments and conceptualizations their knowledge of, and the meaning of, the arguments and theories presented in the course text, including an understanding of the development and spread of the English-speaking world and Commonwealth traditions.
  4. Properly perform a primary source textual analysis of an historical document by identifying purpose, audience and potential bias.
  5. Find, assess, integrate and document primary and secondary sources into their own writing through the completion of an independent research project.
  6. Approach historical documents with well-defined analytical and critical-reading skills.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.