Global History from the Global South (V1376)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Global History seeks to understand historical processes that transcend national and regional spaces. It also sets out to challenge some of the longstanding eurocentric assumptions and narratives of western historical research.

On this module you will explore global history from a “global south” perspective, examining processes of global interaction from the perspective of societies in the majority world: Africa, Asia and Latin America. Following introductory topics on the theories and methodologies of global history, you will look at case studies from various regions as examples of how societies in the global south have shaped and experienced processes of global integration.

Chronologically, the focus is on the 19th and 20th centuries, and major themes include revolution, diaspora, religion and environment. All topics give voice to writers and thinkers from the regions under study. In the final week of the module you will work collaboratively to devise your own topic as an exercise in decolonising history curricula.


52%: Lecture
48%: Seminar


100%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: