The Global History of Inequalities HIST5158

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Inequality is one of the most prevailing systemic and endemic problems in our world today, but how and why did this inequality emerge both between countries and within countries? What different types of inequality are there? This course will give students the opportunity to engage with cutting edge and interdisciplinary research to explore the long term causes of inequalities.


10x2 hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Essay (3,000 words) 70%

Seminar Presentation (15-minute) 20%

Seminar contribution 10%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce participants to the core material about the global history of inequality.

■ Provide participants with the opportunity to engage with contemporary historiographical and interdisciplinary debates about the global history of inequality and to apply this knowledge to discussions in seminars.

■ Provide participants the opportunity to develop their own research and arguments by developing a piece of written work about global history.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Compare different forms of inequality that have emerged in different time and different places and understand the ways these have been conceptualised and managed.

■ Understand the multidimensionality and complexities of inequality, and how it is experienced in different ways, at different times, and different places.

■ Evaluate different disciplinary approaches to the study of inequality and assess their contribution to writing new global histories of inequality.

■ Critically engage with primary and secondary sources to construct an independent argument.

■ Draw upon history as a resource to engage in contemporary debates regarding development and social policy formation.

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.