Global History through Local Archives HIST5152

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is an introduction to research methods in Global History. In the course, students will meet in seminars to discuss concepts, methods and approaches underpinning the study of global history. In addition, they will participate in a series of 'hackathons' held in archives, museums and libraries in Glasgow to explore the potential of local sources for doing global history.


4 x 2 hour seminars and 4 x 3 hour workshops as scheduled in Mycampus

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses





1 x Source Annotation: 2000 (40%) - commentary on a source from workshop, posted on course blog

1 x Research Grant Proposal: 3000 (60%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Engage with a different methodological approaches underpinning the field of Global History;

■ Explore a variety of local archival resources to develop research projects in Global History;

■ Enable students to develop advanced skills in the formulation of research questions and the development of independent research projects in global history;

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Evaluate primary source collections suitable for the study of global history;

■ Plan an original research question in the field of global history and explain how it will be used to investigate a specific subject;

■ Compose a research project proposal related to global history, explaining its significance, theoretical background and methodology

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.