Fall 2019 - IS 265 D100

Global History from the Revolutionary Age to the Present (3)

Class Number: 8361

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby



An introduction to Global History, beginning in the 1780s and ending in the present day. Key topics include the first Age of Revolution (US, Haiti, Latin America), the post-colonial experience, and the modern world economy. Students with credit for HIST 265 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


Global history studies the history of interactions among different communities as well as those between communities and their environments on a global scale. This course introduces students to global history by focusing on three major fields of research: international relations, colonialism/imperialism studies and global ecology. We will study international relations by reference to diplomatic history, geopolitics, and nation-states. Our focus on colonialism and imperialism will consider the rise and fall of European global hegemony within the framework of domination and resistance. And we will consider how these phenomena relate to the relationship between humans and non-human nature since the start of the Industrial Revolution. Thus, our discussions will take place at the intersection of many different academic fields and disciplines, including history, political science, ecology, anthropology and cultural studies. Weekly seminars will consist of a combination of lectures, structured discussions of assigned readings, and activities based on documentary excerpts and other source material.


The course will introduce students to global history. Students will finish with an intermediate-level knowledge of global phenomena such as the industrial revolution, the Age of Empire, Latin American and African independence movements, the Great Acceleration, the Cold War and the emergence of international development. They will have acquired a broad range of conceptual and analytical tools for examining the development and implications of globalization across a diverse range of countries. And finally, students will hone their humanities writing skills through the development of an argument and the use of evidence with proper citations.  


  • Attendance & Participation (ongoing) 20%
  • Weekly Reading Journal (ongoing) 10%
  • Case-Study Project Proposal (Oct. 7) 15%
  • Case-Study Paper (Nov. 4) 30%
  • Final Exam (Dec. 14) 25%


Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned a N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Students will be required to submit their written assignments to Turnitin.com in order to receive credit for the assignments and for the course.

The School for International Studies strictly enforces the University's policies regarding plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Information about these policies can be found at: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/teaching.html.



All readings will be made available as PDFs on the course’s Canvas site.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html