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HISTORY 103/G: Global History
SEMESTER 1, 2019
Professor Jonathan Scott - firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 702, Arts 1
Associate Professor Maartje Abbenhuis - email@example.com
Room 703, Arts 1
Dr Joseph Zizek - firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 735, Arts 1
Michaela Selway email@example.com Office Hours Thursdays 2-4, Arts 1, Room 304 (consultation room 4).
Ross Wardrop firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours Thursday 12-2 pm Arts 1, Room 304.
Nicholas Jones email@example.com Office Hours Tuesday 10 am-12pm Arts 1, Room 308.
Justice Rowe firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Barrand email@example.com
History 103/103G has two fifty-minute lectures per week:
- Mondays at 11 am and Thursdays at 11 am
- One fifty-minute tutorial each week. Please note that tutorials meet in Week 1 of the course.
Please confirm all rooms and times on Student Services Online
Course Objectives and Content:
At Stage I we introduce students to some of the basic aspects of the study of history. This course focuses on the period from the late 15th century, when the global integration of communities began to take shape. It considers developments which increasingly bound the fates of all peoples together, including the emergence of world trade networks, the growth of world religions, the formation of world empires, and the migrations of peoples across the continents. Through the thematic and chronological study of global history it is anticipated that students will gain a deeper understanding of the issues that affect their daily lives.
You will obtain an overview of key developments in global history since the fifteenth century. You will also learn that history is not merely concerned with finding out what happened but also with trying to explain how and why things happened. You will, therefore, be introduced to some of the varying interpretations of historians who have written on the subject which you are studying. Where appropriate, you will also be introduced to some primary materials to show the kinds of evidence on which historians base their interpretations and explanations.
An important element of Stage I courses is to impart skills that a historian needs and that can also be used in other fields which require the assimilation, assessment and presentation of information. These skills include:
- The effective use of the library and information technology and the opportunity to develop and use information literacy competencies in learning contexts and assessments
- The ability to take notes from lectures and secondary sources
- The ability to reference work in accurate footnotes/endnotes and bibliographies
- The ability to present a reasoned argument, written in standard English and based upon evidence
- To present students with an historical overview of the sequence of commercial, cultural, environmental and political events that have brought the peoples of the world together since the fifteenth century
- To examine the nature of the encounters between peoples of different cultures over time
- To familiarise students with some of the principal concepts which determined the course of modern history such as imperialism, industrialisation, nationalism, democracy, communism, indigenous rights and globalisation
- To develop students' ability to discuss their ideas in a range of both written and oral forms
- To improve students ability to write an academically accredited piece of work
Assessment will consist of weekly tutorial tests, an essay, and an end-of-semester examination. Marks are distributed as follows:
20% = Tutorial Quizzes: 10 weekly quizzes @ 2% each
30% = Essay (1,500 words), due Friday 3 May
50% = Examination (2 hours, essay-type), held during University Examination Period
Lecture Schedule (provisional):
Monday 4 March Introduction (Jonathan Scott)
Thursday 7 March A World in Motion (Joe Zizek)
Monday 11 March Empires of Islam, 1500-1800 (Jonathan Scott)
Thursday 14 March China (Melissa Inouye)
Monday 18 March Iberian Colonisation of the Americas (Jonathan Scott)
Thursday 21 March Empires of Commerce (Joe Zizek)
Monday 25 March Cultural change in Europe (Jonathan Scott)
Thursday 28 March Empires of Culture (Joe Zizek)
Monday 1 April Empires of the North Sea (Jonathan Scott)
Thursday 4 April Atlantic Revolutions (Jonathan Scott)
Monday 8 April Industrialisation (Joe Zizek)
Thursday 11 April Industrial Globalization (Maartje Abbenhuis)
Mid Semester Break
Monday 29 April Revolutionary Dominoes (Maartje Abbenhuis)
Thursday 2 May Pacific Environments (Jonathan Scott)
***Essay Due 4pm Friday 3 May***
Monday 6 May Restoration and Revolution in Meiji Japan (Ellen Nakamura)
Thursday 9 May Global Migrations (Joe Zizek)
Monday 13 May Global Cities (Joe Zizek)
Thursday 16 May Global War (Maartje Abbenhuis)
Monday 20 May Genocide (Maartje Abbenhuis)
Thursday 23 May Twentieth Century Revolutions (Joe Zizek)
Monday 27 May Twentieth Century Empires (Maartje Abbenhuis)
Thursday 30 May Global Humanity or Broken World? (Joe Zizek)
Monday 3 June QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY: NO LECTURE
Thursday 6 June Overview and Exam Information (Jonathan Scott)
Course Textbook (available from UBS)
R. McNeill and William H. McNeill, The Human Web: A Bird’s Eye View of World History, W. W. Norton and Co., New York, 2003.
[NB. we have also placed six copies of the textbook on 2-hr Short Loan at the General Library]
Workload and deadlines for submission of coursework:
The University of Auckland's expectation is that students spend 10 hours per week on a 15-point course, including time in class and personal study. Students should manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Deadlines for coursework are set by course convenors and will be advertised in course material. You should submit your work on time. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you may be required to provide supporting information before the assignment is due. Late assignments without a pre-approved extension may be penalised by loss of marks – check course information for details.
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