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HIS1004 Global History, 1500-1900

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in HIS1004 if HIS2103 has been previously completed


Today’s world stems from developments that emerged over the phases of globalisation which began shifting dramatically from the fifteenth century onwards. This course focusses on the crucial context, content and significance of how the world’s peoples, cultures, communities and states became increasingly entangled between the age of the conquistador and that of global war. The course enables you to develop competence in research, analysis and critical and creative thinking by investigating the transformations that played out between regions within Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe and Oceania. As a foundational survey course within the History major and minor, essential for Education students, and as an elective, this course will provide you with key knowledge and skills related to global history.

In this course you will engage with key developments in global history from 1492 to 1914. Guided by historical interpretations of the phases of globalisation and world-systems theory, you will investigate how the disproportionate status of power and wealth across the globe developed and probe `the West and the rest' thesis and explore the significance of cultural relativism. This history reveals a pattern of the rise and decline of empires, states and nations, inviting interpretations about the fluctuating pace of developments between China, the Ottomans and the West. There is a specific focus on the contributions of colonisation, African slavery, the Industrial Revolution and mass migrations to the making of the modern world. You will develop research, written and analytical skills to interpret historical case studies and narratives for their global significance in relation to the sub-themes of cultural exchange, political change, unfree labour, women's experiences, and industrialisation.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 24 September 2023