The Worlds of Christopher Columbus

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Worlds of Christopher Columbus

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 pts from (HIST 100-199, CLAS 104, 105)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    A study of late Medieval Europe and the world during the time of Christopher Columbus, and the historical processes set in motion by his four voyages to the Americas.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1) recognise major terms, concepts and themes in Columbus and early Atlantic studies;
    2) demonstrate concise essay writing, which includes the ability to paraphrase secondary source information and differentiate between proper paraphrasing and unacceptable plagiarism;
    3) state an argument and support that argument with historical evidence;
    4) demonstrate research skills, including skills in evaluating history-content websites;
    5) implement writing, research and referencing skills in a formal academic essay.

    1250-word skills essay- 25%
    2500-word research essary- 50%
    in-class test 25%

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