Fall 2022 - HIST 130 B900

Introduction to Global History (3)

Class Number: 3969

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



A survey of the history of the world, with a focus on global historical phenomena of the last six centuries. Breadth-Humanities.


A survey of the history of the world, from the beginning to the end, especially the period from 1405 to 2022.  Focusing on the political, economic, and cultural aspects of globalization, we will explore religious and scientific revolutions, industrialization, nationalism, decolonization, the changing environment, and the evolution of modernity.  Can solutions from the past inspire us to new ways of (dis)solving today's problems?

In addition to online content, each week you will attend a real-time 50-minute tutorial.  There, you will work with primary sources, in a variety of media, to connect them with other aspects of the class and your own lives.  The course introduces issues of historical interpretation and research, and provides a foundation for further study in the arts and social sciences.  There will be a weekly online tutorial for students unable to attend in person.


  • Short assignments, attendance, and participation 100%


There are no quizzes or examinations.  This course uses a "specifications" grading model:  Students undertake a number of short assignments, and receive a course grade based on the quantity and difficulty of the assignments successfully completed, modified by participation-and-attendance grades.  Each assignment will involve options, so students can work on something relevant to their own lives.  Details will be made available so students can see in advance precisely what is required for each course grade.  Grading will be on a curve that can only benefit students:  If necessary, final grades will be increased to coincide with departmental averages. 

Past students have praised HIST 130 as a "relevant" and "entertaining" course, and as a useful stepping stone to advanced courses in History and other disciplines.



All readings will be made available online.

Registrar Notes:


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