Breaking the Boundaries : Students in Transitional Histories

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Breaking the Boundaries : Students in Transitional Histories

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Second year, first semester course, up to two lectures per week, and weekly workshops.

    The practice of history has been revolutionised over the past two decades by globalisation and the worldwide web which have broken the boundaries of nation states and demanded and facilitated new ways of understanding the past in terms of the circulation of ideas, people, commodities and institutions. This course applies this disciplinary revolution to South African national history demonstrating how it can be ?exteriorised? or turned inside out by focusing on the circulation of people, products and institutions in the shifting networks of mercantilist companies (18th century), empires (19th century) and nations (20th century). Students will be
    equipped to practice as historians in this new milieu through extensive collaborative work, engagement with primary sources and the presentation of findings in both oral and written form in new media.

    Assessment: Group work (20%); assignments (40%) 2-hour examination in June (40%).

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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