HISTORY 103G Global History

HISTORY 103G | BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester One 2020 | City Campus | 15 points


Global historians study networks, connections, and systems that cross traditional boundaries of historical study.  A global perspective allows the exploration of the social dynamics that have led to large-scale changes in human society, such as industrialisation, mass migration and the spread of capitalism. 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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