Economic & Social History 1A: Towards Globalisation, c1750-1914

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economic & Social History 1A: Towards Globalisation, c1750-1914

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

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

    This course charts the emergence of a global economy and society from around 1750 through to the First World War. After looking at pre-industrial economy and society, the course explores the development of a recognisably modern world through the nineteenth century, not only in terms of manufacturing and trade, but also the growth of cities, financial institutions, labour organisation, leisure activities and family relationships. The changes in all these areas are tracked from Britain, 'the cradle of the industrial revolution', to Europe, and then the wider world. National histories are placed in an international perspective and rapid transitions against the background of long-term trends.


    Students will be introduced to major questions in history such as the conditions for economic growth, the relationship between economic and social change, and the global transmission of both stability and instability. They will also be introduced to primary sources, which are the basis for all historical knowledge, and be taught critical analysis of secondary literature. The course also aims to foster skills in academic writing and debate as well as group working and discussion.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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