#HI-02-08 Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism

  • Categories History
  • Duration 13h
  • Total Enrolled 10
  • Last Update October 14, 2020

About Course

University of Exeter


Explore the British Empire through six controversial themes

Over six weeks, we’ll explore the British Empire through six themes – money, violence, race, religion, gender and sex, and propaganda. You’ll get to hear the stories of the fascinating individuals who contributed to both its rise and fall.

Along the way, you’ll be able to debate the questions these themes raise with learners from around the world, and draw your own conclusions.

You can start to explore the Empire and find out more about the Centre for Imperial and Global History on its blog, Imperial & Global Forum, or by following @ExeterCIGH on Twitter.

Who will you learn with?

Richard Toye

I am Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter.


Who developed the course?

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction.

What Will I Learn?

  • Identify key themes through which the controversies of British Imperialism can be explored
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of British Imperialism through debate and contributions to the learning community
  • Develop your understanding of British imperialism

Topics for this course

15 Lessons13h

Welcome to the British Empire?

Welcome and we hope you will have a very enjoyable time with us. Professor Richard Toye will introduce the course and we'll start our journey through the history of the British Empire.
What does ‘British Empire’ mean to you?
Welcome to the course00:01:12
This week’s controversies and educators

A journey through the rise and fall of the British Empire?

In the next few steps we will take you on a journey through 500 years of British imperial history, noting key milestones and observing how its development was shaped by a series of major crises.


Marc Palen and David Thackeray explore the relationship between the Empire and money.

Concluding comments?

Congratulations and suggestions for further reading

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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Excellent course with a clear explanation and points.

This has been the most complete and resourceful course that I have ever taken for this subject. It is easy to understand and it provides a lot of great informations.

I have taken a class before, but I am learning so much more here and appreciate the thoroughness you are covering.

The course in very informative and well explained. I learned a lot about British Imperialism.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is intended for anyone with an interest in imperial history. It doesn’t require any reading before you start or previous experience of studying the subject.