Global History: Connections and Cultures in a Changing World, 1750 to the present

Module code: HS1012

Module co-ordinator: Dr Deborah Toner

Module Outline

This module examines what it means to study history from a global perspective, prioritising non-Eurocentric ways of understanding world history and focusing on various kinds of connections – political, economic, social and cultural – that define global history. As well as considering the methodological and conceptual questions associated with studying global history, the course is organised around four major themes: state, polities and interconnections; economies and material life; environments and cities; cultures. Each thematic topic will be taught through a broad introduction to the issues in global history and lectures focusing on specific case studies. The chronological span will be from c. 1750 to the present, but this may vary according to the approach to each theme and the particular focus of the lecturer. Themes will be examined comparatively and from a non-Eurocentric perspective.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, successful students will be able to:

  • Critically discuss key methodological and/or conceptual issues in global history.
  • Apply a non-Eurocentric perspective to interpretations of global history.
  • Compare and contrast key themes in global history with respect to different regional case studies.
  • Critically analyse historical primary sources in their regional and global context.
  • Evaluate different historiographical works and debates in the field of global history.
  • Demonstrate clarity and precision of communication skills in a variety of written formats.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, tutorials, workshops, guided independent study.

Assessment Methods

Formative assessment, essay, seen test.