Fall 2019 - HIST 130 D900

Introduction to Global History (3)

Class Number: 4911

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA



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


This course is a history of the world from earliest times to the contemporary period. We will focus more on the period from the mid 1400s onward.  Throughout this course will try to move beyond kings, queens and political leaders to give a flavor for the lives and thoughts of ordinary people; people who worked and people who travelled and were surprised by the new cultures they encountered. And of course, the idea that ‘people’ is a gendered term.

You will be required to think about how World History is written, organized and presented to you. We will think this through together by reading the main textbooks alongside primary sources. Not sure what a primary source is? Don’t worry. We got you covered in the first session.

The two textbooks are meant to introduce the historical period under discussion. Together they cover all the material necessary. We will be fast-forwarding historical time in this course so it is very important that you do the reading before class.


  • Class participation 10%
  • Group presentation (youtube video) 20%
  • Quizzes (2) 20%
  • Reflection essays (3) 20%
  • Final research essay 30%



Richard W. Bulliet et al, The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History5th edition (Boston: Wadsworth, 2011)

John P. McKay et al, A History of World Societies 9th edition (Boston: Bedford St Martins, 2012)

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