Fall 2015 - HIST 130 D100

Fundamentals of World History (3)

Class Number: 5797

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Mon, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 17, 2015
    Thu, 12:00–3:00 p.m.



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 2014. 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. The heart of the course is the weekly tutorial meetings in which you will collaboratively use primary sources to pursue further the themes introduced in lectures. It will introduce issues of historical interpretation and research, and it will provide a foundation for further study in the arts and social sciences. Warning/promise: Because quite a lot has happened in the history of the world, this is a challenging course. Students expecting a repeat of History 12 will be disappointed; disciplined, enthusiastic students will master the fundamentals of world history, which will serve them as a foundation for future studies in history and other disciplines--no small thing.

FYI, a syllabus from last semester is online:               www.sfu.ca/~lclossey/hist130.html


  • Tutorial participation (weeks 1-13) 20%
  • Four quizes 25%
  • An eight-page research paper 25%
  • Final examination 30%



Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The World: A History (most recent edition). All reading assignments will come from Volume 2 (since 1300), available at the SFU bookstore. You might prefer instead to order as a reference book the combined hardback edition (vol. 1 & vol. 2), which costs about 33% more and weighs about 55% more. I will be choosing items for examination from the second edition, which is 99%(?) the same as the first edition.

Other readings will be made available online.

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