Global History 1500-2000: Trade, Science, Environment and Empire (V1376)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Global History has emerged as an innovative and powerful approach to understanding the past and its implications for the present and future. Global history is a history of connections. It addresses the contexts and the structures through which societies and communities interacted with one another. The overarching theme of global history is the emergence of an ever more integrated global society, but the field looks to explain and understand particular circumstances as well as universal experiences.

The topics of global history transcend any particular national or local history. Students study a theme for between two and three weeks and lectures support the thematic concerns of the modules. The module looks at several topics in detail: communication and war; race, slavery and anti-slavery; colonial encounters and environments; civil and human rights; and global order and disorder, Empire, Science, Trade and Environment. Alongside these themes the module addresses particular questions such as the emergence of the 'great divergence', the widening gap in the nineteenth century between living standards in the Atlantic basin and those in the rest of the world and the global expansion of European Empires.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.