World History 1: Globalisation (HIC1300)

StaffDr Kristofer Allerfeldt - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.50
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to give students a deeper understanding of global historical change since approximately 1600. Key themes in global history - such as conflict, migration, revolution, development, economics and colonization - will be explored using historical and comparative cultural/international perspectives. Students will develop an understanding of how global historical change can inform a more micro-historical approach and vice versa, complementing students' study of HIC1600 and HIC1601. It aims to develop students' skills in fundamental aspects of historical enquiry, including the location, critical understanding and evaluation of primary and secondary source materials, and the written and oral presentation of scholarly arguments. 

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Understand some of the key themes in global history
  • 2. Evaluate key historiographical arguments in global history, and use primary sources to achieve this
  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of how 'macro' historical change can inform understanding at the 'micro' level, and vice versa.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Deploy the basic rules of evidence in historical enquiry
  • 5. Compare and contrast differing historical approaches
  • 6. With guidance, indicate how people have lived, acted and thought in a range of contexts at different times and in a number of locations
  • 7. Indicate some of the complexities of historical change at global scales

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. With guidance, select and digest academic literature relevant to the topic under study
  • 9. Organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument
  • 10. Communicate ideas orally and respond to the arguments of others in an appropriate manner

Syllabus plan

Introduction: What is world history?; Capitalism and Globalisation; Clash of Empires; Migrations; Expansionism; Criminal Empires; The Exploration of the Pacific; Liberalism; Stolen Generations; Nationalism; Global conflict [NB. These topics are flexible depending on staff availability in each particular academic year.]

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities11Lectures: these Provide a spine through which all students can be brought to a similar level of knowledge and through which ideas and controversies can be transmitted.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities11Seminars: will focus on particular aspects of the subject-matter, with a view to offering a fuller understanding than can be delivered through the lectures, allowing the students to develop their skills and knowledge more fully. Students will be expected to prepare adequately for seminars in advance by reading and evaluating and to discuss the issues raised in the seminar itself.
Guided independent study128Private study for lectures and seminars. Preparation for group presentations, formative assessment, and examination.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group presentation (group maximum 2-3 people)1 x 20 minutes (15 minutes presentation + 5 minutes Q&A for the group). Equivalent of 1,500 words comprising, for example, PowerPoint slide, text read out, handouts and bibliography.1-10Verbal and written
Exam essay plan500 words1-9Verbal and written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exam1001.5 hours1-9Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExamExam1-9Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

R. Cameron and L. Neal, A Concise Economic History of the World from the Palaeolithic time to the Present (2003)

I.C. Campbell, Worlds Apart: A History of the Pacific Islands (2011)

J.L. Gaddis, The Cold War (2006)

J. Gray, Rebellions and Revolutions: China from the 1800s to 2000 (2002)

J. Hall, The State of the Nation: Ernest Gellner and the theory of nationalism (1998)

M.B. Jansen, The Making of Modern Japan (2002)

D.J. Manning, Liberalism (1976)

P. Manning, Migration in World History (2005)

L. Sondhaus, World War One: The Global Revolution (2011)

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada - They Came for the Children (2012)

T.E. Vadney, The World Since 1945 (1998, 3rd edition)

E. Vanhaute, World History: An Introduction (2012)

H.L. Wesseling, The European Colonial Empires, 1815-1919 (2004)

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Internet Global History Sourcebook:

Library of Congress (Teacher resources):

World History Matters:

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Key words search

History; globalisation; empire; economics; conflict; migration; colonization; politics; nationalism.