Fall 2021 - HIST 130 D900

Introduction to Global History (3)

Class Number: 3943

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 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 2021.  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.  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.  Our plan is to offer both Zoom and in-person tutorial options each week.

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. 

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.


  • Short assignments, attendance and participation 100%



All readings will be made available online.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.