Fall 2020 - HIST 130 D200

Introduction to Global History (3)

Class Number: 8808

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM



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 2020.  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.  Can solutions from the past inspire us to new ways of (dis)solving today's problems?

In addition to online content, each week you will attend a real-time 50-minute tutorial on Zoom, chosen from any of the four scheduled during the Thurday 2:30 - 4:20pm block.  There, you will work with primary sources, in a variety of media, to connect them with other aspects of the class and your own lives.  The course introduces issues of historical interpretation and research, and provides 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 useful stepping stone to advanced courses in History and other disciplines. 

There are no quizzes or examinations.  This course uses a "specifications" grading model:  Students undertake a number of short assignments, and receive a course grade based on the quantity and difficulty of the assignments successfully completed.  Each assignment will involve options, so students can work on something relevant to their own lives.  Each course grade also requires a specified minimal level of attendance and participation.  Details will be made available so students can see in advance precisely what is required for each course grade.  Grading will be on a curve that can only benefit students:  If necessary, final grades will be increased to coincide with departmental averages.  This approach has been shown to minimize stress and maximize long-term learning.


  • Short assignments, attendance, and participation 100%



All readings will be made available online.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).