World History

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    World History

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Content:

    In ?World History? students examine the sometimes surprisingly deep historical roots of
    our current ?globalized? world. Taking the year 1700 as its approximate starting point, the
    module focuses on various examples of world-wide encounter and exchange in terms of
    exploration, trade, commerce, manufacturing, finance, technology, culture, belief and
    conflict. All these have been of immense importance in influencing and determining the
    nature and pace of historical change in 'the West' and in other parts of the world.

    Topics covered include:
    ? The expansion of Europe since 1700 in a world-historical context.
    ? The importance of networks and technologies including those of
    exploration, communication, trade, commerce and finance.
    ? The nature of encounters and exchanges between peoples from different
    world regions.
    ? Economic, cultural, political and other impacts of encounter.
    ? Textual, visual and material evidence of encounter abd exchange
    between cultures.
    ? The growth, expansion and decline of regional and world powers.
    ? Pre-twentieth century and twentieth century ?globalization?.
    ? Exponents, supporters and critics of 'globalization' from the eighteenth
    century to the twenty-first century.
    ? Continuity and change in World History, 1700-2010

    Autumn Semester: The expansion of Europe and contact with non-Western peoples,
    societies and cultures, from c. 1500 to c. 1750.
    ? Introduction: Learning about ?World History?
    ? Samarkand, Uzbekistan
    ? Safavid Iran
    ? The Ottoman Empire
    ? West Africa and the Caribbean
    ? The Netherlands
    ? India
    ? The Pacific Ocean
    ? Alexandria, Egypt
    ? Coalbrookdale, Shropshire
    ? How the World appeared to people in the Nineteenth Century

    SPRING SEMESTER: Ages of globalisation and changing relations between western and
    non-western worlds before and during the twentieth century, c.1750-2000.
    ? Russia
    ? China (and Japan)
    ? Coalbrookdale: ?birthplace? of the Industrial Revolution
    ? The Americas
    ? Germany
    ? Activity Week
    ? The Second World War, Reconstruction and the ?Long Boom?
    ? World History as ?Progress?
    ? Globalization: Tomorrow?s History Today
    ? World History as History: The Historians? View
    ? Assignment Workshop

    Teaching: Lectures and seminars

    ? Portfolio of coursework
    STUDY OPTION 2: 2,000 word essay
    STUDY OPTION 3: 2,000 word essay

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

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