Summer 2022 - HIST 472W D100

Problems in World History (4)


Class Number: 2432

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 10 – Aug 8, 2022: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history.



An advanced examination into the concepts and methodology of world history. Selected themes may include globalization, modernization, migration, religious expansion, colonialism, imperialism, and the teaching of world history. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 472W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Writing.


World History for Future Teachers 

In our contemporary society, world-history teachers, like rock musicians or astronauts, are much celebrated but little understood. This semester you'll get to teach world history yourself. More workshop than seminar, the course is designed around a series of small assignments that will develop different aspects of your world-history pedagogical skills. You can choose the assignments' specific topics around a specific area of world history (e.g. imperialism, missions, immigration), or you can work on a variety of unrelated areas. One motivation for offering this course is to exploit your best ideas to help in revising HIST 130, our first-year world-history survey (students who develop the best mini-lectures will have the option of delivering them in the fall HIST 130), but you do not need to have taken that course previously to succeed in this one. The workshop is designed for future university and high-school history teachers, but broadly speaking should be adaptable to other educational levels and perhaps to entirely different career paths. Because teaching something is an excellent way of learning it, you should emerge from the workshop more knowledgeable about world history as well as more skilled in teaching it. 


  • Seminar participation 20%
  • Two mini-lectures 10%
  • Small assignments (e.g. syllabus, textbook review, examination, teaching tool) that collectively will form your teaching portfolio 45%
  • Final paper (6-8 pages) 25%


Although this is an in-person course, there will be an alternative asynchronous and remote pathway towards successfully completing the course




Barbara Gross Davis, Tools for Teaching (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009)

Other readings will be made available online

Registrar Notes:


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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 ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.