HISTORY 103G Global History

HISTORY 103G | BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester One 2019 | City Campus | 15 points


It has been claimed that it is only since the 15th century that a truly global dimension to history can be identified. In this course you will examine key determinants that have bound the fate of peoples together including the:

  • Emergence of world trade networks
  • Growth of world religions
  • Spread of epidemic diseases
  • Formation of empires
  • Migration of peoples across continents

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should have:

  • Gained an historical overview of the sequence of commercial, social, environmental and political events that have brought the peoples of the world together since the 15th century
  • Examined the nature of the encounters between peoples of different cultures over time
  • Become familiar with some of the principal concepts which determined the course of modern history such as imperialism, industrialisation, nationalism, democracy, communism, indigenous rights and globalisation
  • Improved your ability to discuss your ideas in a range of both written and oral forms
  • Improved your ability to write an academically accredited piece of work

Topics covered

These include:

  • Ming and Qing China
  • The Islamic empires in the early modern world
  • European conquest of the Americas
  • Slavery and plantations
  • The French and Industrial Revolutions
  • Meiji Japan
  • Global War
  • Genocide


Two online multiple-choice tests (20%; 2 at 10% each)
1500-word essay (30%)
Two-hour examination (50%)

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