History

Global History 1500-2000: Trade, Science, Environment and Empire

Module code: V1376
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Take away paper

In this module, you look at how global history has helped us understand the past, the present and the future.

You'll study how societies and communities have interacted with each other through history, and explore the emergence of an integrated global society.

You look at:

  • communication and war
  • race, slavery and anti-slavery
  • colonial encounters and environments
  • civil and human rights
  • global order and disorder
  • empire, science, trade and environment.

You also study the emergence of the 'great divergence,' the widening gap in the 19th century between living standards in the Atlantic basin and those in the rest of the world, and the global expansion of European empires.

Module learning outcomes

  • Relate the emergence of one or more aspects of global experience over the long term.
  • Reflect on the changes within one or more areas of global experience over times.
  • Appreciate the importance of contesting explanations of these global phenomena.