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MO3033   Europeans in Asia in the Early Modern Period

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

This module considers the exploration and exploitation of the East Indies in the early modern period. From the earliest voyages of discovery by Portuguese explorers in the late fifteenth century, the course traces the development of early trading European trading networks that initially integrated with existing Arab and Asian commercial structures and the expanding Mogul empire. From these mutually beneficial exchanges the course follows the conflict that emerged between the contesting monopoly companies that led to the eventual colonisation of most of South East Asia by European powers. Viewed from the perspectives of the various concerns, the course poses questions relating to the politics, religions and cultural interaction of this important geo-political region.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 4,000 - to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Professor S Murdoch