Fall 2023 - HIST 130 D900

Introduction to Global History (3)

Class Number: 3494

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM  2023-09-06  2023-12-05
    SRYC 3090, Surrey

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM  2023-10-10
    SRYC 3090, Surrey



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 the 1500s onward. Throughout the course we will try to move beyond kings, queens, and political leaders to get an idea of the lives and thoughts of ordinary people. People who travelled and in their travels were surprised by the new cultures they encountered.

Students will also learn about the history of the non-Western world and how history writing is practiced very differently across the world. They will be required to think about how global history is written, organized, and presented. We will think this through together by reading the historical texts alongside primary sources, documentaries, and representations of history on social media. Not sure what a primary source is? Do not worry. That is precisely where we will begin.


In this course, students will develop an ability to:

  • describe and critically analyze way in which history is written and the sources used by historians to write it..
  • describe and evaluate key debates and controversies in the way world history is taught.
  • develop an appreciation for non-Western perspectives and histories.
  • communicate ideas clearly and persuasively in writing.


  • Participation 20%
  • Historical Case Study: A Visual Essay 20%
  • Reading Review (2) 30%
  • Take Home Final Exam 30%



All readings will be available electronically and hyperlinked through the course Canvas page. You will not be required to buy any textbook for this course.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.