By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
- Identify the relationship between academic history writing and globalization
- Describe trends in history writing as a discipline
- Examine what historical narratives tell us about historians and their context
- Discuss how global interconnections affect the way history is written and understood
Your online learning will include the following methods:
- Reading academic and non-academic articles
- Participation in written discussions with other students
- Participation in videoconference seminars
For Liberal Arts for 55+ Certificate students: you will write a reflective essay.
Week 1: The craft of history
We will review the 19th-century origins of the discipline of history, the relationship between the historian’s context and narrative, trends in historical methods and practices, as well as issues related to documentary evidence and archives.
Week 2: The history of globalization
We will look at explanations for the roots of globalization and the effects of this present interconnection on human society, in particular on how we imagine our place and belonging.
Week 3: Global history
We will explore the emergence and state of the field of global history, its approach and challenge to national historical narratives, and its emphasis on connections between, and flows and movements of, people, goods and commodities, ideas, flora, fauna and disease.
Week 4: Little big histories
We will evaluate the potential of global history to accommodate local, gendered and other marginal histories, and the importance of balancing large-scale causality with human agency in any account of historical processes.
Books, materials and resources
You will access course resources using SFU’s online course management system, Canvas.