Fall 2018 - HIST 130 D100

Fundamentals of World History (3)

Class Number: 5046

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby



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 2018.  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.

Past students have praised HIST 130 as a relevant and entertaining course, and as a stepping stone to advanced courses in History and other disciplines.  Grading will be on a curve that can only benefit students:  If necessary, final grades will be increased to coincide with departmental averages.


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



J. R. McNeill and William H. NcNeill, The Human Web: A Bird’s-eye View of Human History (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2003).

Students without a background in world history should consider acquiring a traditional textbook, such as Felipe Fernandez-Armesto's The World: A History

Other readings will be made available online.

Registrar Notes:

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