Global History: The World in the Making

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global History: The World in the Making

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, History, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This History gateway course traces the key themes of world history from the Palaeolithic to dawn of the modern era. This course makes humanity, rather than an individual state or nation, the subject of history. This course explores the economic, social, cultural, political and ecological factors that have shaped human societies. Topics include hunter-gatherer, agricultural, and pastoral communities, the origins of states and empires, the rise of world religions such as Islam, the European conquest of the Americas, the emergence of capitalism, the origins of the nation state, political and scientific revolutions, and the beginnings of Western global domination. The course provides a narrative, placing emphasises on key themes that build a coherent picture of the human community as it has emerged through time. As a gateway to the history major, it also provides the basis for further studies in the history curriculum. Students will learn what history is, and what historians do. They will train in the interpretation of primary and secondary sources and the composition of historical arguments, as well as explore historiographical controversies and methods, and theories.

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.


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