Global Histories


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Histories

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    History, International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This subject introduces students to the main concepts of globalisation and to the historical development of different kinds of globalisation through familiar commodities such as food, drawing on examples from everyday life. The processes and outcomes of globalisation are examined and discussed by way of case studies in lectures and in student research projects. Skills developed include researching literature in the field of global studies, small group work and written and oral presentation of research.
    Subject objectives
    a. Identify and Demonstrate an introductory-level understanding of the histories and theories concepts of globalization through production of and trade in commodities
    b. Demonstrate an introductory-level understanding of how histories of globalization through commodities have affected Indigenous peoples
    c. Analyse their own beliefs, assumptions and expectations about globalization
    d. Develop skills in oral presentation, planning and writing assignments, individually and in groups
    Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
    This subject makes a contribution to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:
    2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
    2.1. Solve complex trans-disciplinary problems through research and analysis, develop evidence-based approaches, and apply them to concrete situations
    3. International and intercultural Inquiry
    3.1. Understand how global phenomena play out in local situations, and the reasons behind different perspectives on globalization
    4. Indigenous Competencies
    4.1. Reflect upon and contextualize Indigenous peoples? situations, taking into consideration histories of colonialism; institutional constraints; and the chauvinism against Indigenous peoples inherent in many systems of knowledge
    5. Active Citizenship
    5.2. Adopt a questioning approach to global aspects of their professional and personal lives
    6. Effective Communication
    6.1. Communicate and collaborate effectively through writing, speaking and listening, face-to-face and online, one-on-one and in groups
    6.3. Contribute effectively within a team
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Learning strategies for this subject involve students preparing before class each week through reading and viewing online sources related to the weekly topic, and preparing assignments individually and in groups. In tutorials students discuss the materials from their pre-class preparation and the lecture with the tutor and with each other, and are also quizzed on this material. In tutorials students also workshop their assignments, gaining feedback from their peers and the tutor. UTSOnline is the main vehicle for information about the subject and materials for assignments, as well as for communication between staff and students outside classes.
    This is an 8 credit point subject comprising weekly modular delivery: one hour lecture and two hour tutorial and independent study.
    Students are expected to do 12-14 hours of study per week per 8cp subject at UTS. In this subject the rough weekly breakdown is as follows:
    Lecture 1 hours
    Tutorial 2 hours
    Reading and note-taking for class activities ~6 hours
    Preparation for group presentation assignment 2-3 hours
    Preparation for essay plan and essay 3-4 hours
    Assessment task 1: Essay Plan
    a and d
    Weight: 30%
    Around 1200 words (including everything, plus or minus 120 words)
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Quality of central argument based on research and analysis 40 a 2.1
    Quality of research and analysis 40 a 2.1
    Quality of communication (Appropriate organisation, expression and formatting 20 d 6.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Weekly Quiz
    Weight: 20%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Correctness of answer (no deductions for incorrect answers) 100 a 3.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Group Presentation
    a, b, c and d
    Weight: 20%
    20 minutes presentation plus 5 minutes class discussion.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Quality of research design ? design of information gathering and design of presenting findings and argument 30 a 2.1
    Critical reading of materials about Indigenous peoples? historical experiences of globalization 20 b 4.1
    Critical reflection on personal learning about globalization 20 c 5.2
    Demonstrated procedural skills for group work 20 d 6.3
    Quality of communication in presentation 10 d 6.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 4: Essay
    a and d
    Weight: 30%
    2,000 words (excluding the reference list, 10% longer or shorter than this is OK.).
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    1. Quality of central argument (based on research and analysis), as expressed in the introduction, built throughout the main body with evidence, and summarized in the conclusion 40 a 2.1
    2. Quality of research and analysis 40 a 3.1
    3. Quality of communication (appropriate organisation, expression and formatting 20 d 6.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    Students must achieve a total of at least 50% on the combined total of marks from the graded assessment tasks. Students may fail even if their total is 50% or more if they fail an assessment task that relates to an essential requirement of the subject (see Subject Objectives and Contribution to Course Aims and Graduate Attributes in this Subject Outline) that is not assessed in another task in the subject.
    While this subject has a significant self-study component, it is very difficult to pass without attending all classes. Tutorials are an
    important part of the learning experience in this subject. Students are expected to attend and participate in learning activities in all

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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.