HISTORY 103G Global History

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


Global History examines developments which bind the fates of different peoples and cultures together over time. The interaction of the local and the global shapes all societies. The course is organised thematically as well as chronologically, and offers students deeper understanding of how their contemporary world is shaped by the legacies of the past. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should:

  • gain an historical overview of key economic, social, cultural, political and environmental developments affecting peoples of the world since c. 1450
  • understand key encounters between different peoples and cultures, both over time and across global space  
  • be familiar with some principal concepts used to interpret the global past, such as imperialism, industrialisation, nationalism, democracy, communism, indigenous rights and globalisation
  • develop your ability to advance historical arguments in both written and oral formats

Topics covered

These include:      

  • Encounters between Europe and the Americas
  • Early modern China
  • Islamic empires in the early modern world
  • Slavery, plantations and the rise of the Atlantic world
  • Early modern and modern revolutions
  • Global war and global conflict
  • Genocide


Four online multiple-choice tests (20%; 5% each)
1500-word essay (30%)
Two-hour examination (50%)

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