Global History

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global History

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    The history of the global world is a key element in understanding the international order, the international relations and the logic of the world as it currently is.
    The course explores the historical perspective of a set of changes and transformations in the global world, not only economic and technological, but also political, cultural and in terms of identity.

    1.- The historical perspective in the study of Globalization
    Defining Globalization
    Placing things in context: chronological overview of XIX and XX centuries
    Industrialization and modernization
    Theories of economic and spatial transformations.
    1989 as a point of inflection

    2.- Globalization debates
    Does globalization exist? Debates of Globalization
    Clash of civilizations, McDonalization, The end of history

    3.- Structures and processes of globalization
    Historical perspective: Cultural changes and shifts
    Globalization and culture, religion, media and gender.
    The post materialist divide.

    4.- Globalization and Production:
    Historical perspective: From capitalism to hyper capitalism
    Industrialization, world capitalism, multinational enterprises
    International division of labour

    5.- Globalization and the nation-State
    Historical perspective: Clashing civilizations: Identities and conflicts
    Globalization and the nationality principle. Plural national identities
    Nationalism and Ethnic and Religious Conflict.
    Crusades and Jihads,
    Revolutions and revivals

    The methodology has as main goal that the student reaches a significant knowledge and proficiency in the competences,
    namely to use the theoretical knowledge learnt and to apply to specific situations in his/her life, especially in his/her
    professional one.

    The methodology will be based on:
    1. Presentation of different topics described on the program
    2. Practical exercises, discussions proposed by the professor
    3. Individual assignments to apply and to deepen in the theoretical contents studied in class
    4. Individual study
    5. Tentative talks by a professional

    The assessment will be based on an exam, individual assignments and a small group essay and presentation.

    The exam will be given 6 points of the total grade.
    Individual assignments will be given 2,5 points of the total grade.
    Group essay and presentation will be given 1,5 of the total grade.
    The grade will be calculated by computing the weighted average of the exam, assignments and group essay.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.

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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