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Exploring Global History HIST5151

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is an introduction to key themes in Global History, giving students a solid grounding in the historiography of a growing discipline. In a series of weekly seminars, students will discuss critical pieces of scholarship, which have defined the study of Global History in the twenty-first century, paying special attention to the themes of global inequalities, empires, migration, slavery, and the environment.


10 x 2 hour seminars as scheduled in Mycampus

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





1 x Review essay (3,000 words) 70%

1 x Seminar presentation: book-review length (10 min) 15% + written book review (1,000 words) 15%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Explore debates on the theoretical and methodological approaches underpinning the field of Global History.

■ Engage with critical works of scholarship, which have developed and defined the discipline of Global History in the 21st Century.

■ Investigate themes of global inequalities, empires, migration, slavery, and the environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Appraise current trends in Global History and explain their relationships to each other;

■ Apply rigorous critical analysis to scholarship in the field of Global History;

■ Engage with peers in a critical, open-minded and respectful discussion of recent work in Global History

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.