Fall 2021 - IS 265 D100

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

Class Number: 5528

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3005, 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.


This course is an overview of the global impact of what has traditionally been known as the “Age of Revolutions”. This time is usually understood to extend from the latter part of the 18th century of the middle of the 19th and is oriented around events that took place in Europe. Engagement with those events is important to understanding global history, but there is a need, that is even more urgent in our times, to decenter the position of Europe in world history in order to understand the connections between, and agency of, all peoples across the world.

This course will use a textbook and a number of other readings including primary sources that draw on the fascinating lives of radical thinkers and anti-colonial intellectuals who, in these times, were dreaming about revolution and what it means to be free.

You will have to get one textbook for this course. All other readings will be circulated via Canvas.


  • Participation 15%
  • Reading review 20%
  • One revolution case study - a visual essay 20%
  • Presentation - a day in the life of a historical figure 15%
  • Final Research Essay 30%


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 lectures will be recorded and uploaded to Canvas. Asynchronous participation will be an option. The course will include some synchronous tutorials that will not be recorded.



David Armitage and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (eds.) The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

*all other readings will be circulated via canvas.

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.