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Unit information: Global History in 2021/22

Unit name Global History
Unit code HIST20112
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Vivian Kong
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit offers an introduction to the central topics and debates in the vibrant field of global history. Starting from the medieval era and coming up to the contemporary age, this unit traces the various ways in which the world was, and continues, to be connected, and how historians have engaged with these developments. This emergent field of history considers the possibilities, tensions, and limits of a global perspective on the past. It engages with key concepts such as networks, globalisation, colonialism, migration, and collaboration, and with social, political, economic, and environmental themes - from nationalism, internationalism, and humanitarianism to port-cities, frontiers, and borderlands.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply effectively key historical concepts in global history;
  2. Evaluate the development of globalisation as a concept;
  3. Analyse how historians have approached the writing and research of global history;
  4. Select pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate more general historical; points appropriate to level I/5;
  5. Identify a particular academic interpretation, evaluate it critically and form an individual viewpoint.

Teaching Information

Classes will involve a combination of long- and short-form lectures, class discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed exercises with tutor and peer feedback.

Assessment Information

1 x Timed Assessment (100%) [ILOs 1-5]; 1 x Formative Timed Assessment [ILOs 1-5]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.