Current Debates in Global History

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Current Debates in Global History

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    This course introduces major debates in global history that have bearing on our understanding of current world affairs, such as inequality, climate change, migration, and authoritarianism.

    COURSE CONTENT
    Each part of the course departs from a debate on current world affairs. It then introduces the origins of the issue in global history and the debate around it, focusing on two influential explanations (for example, cultural versus structural reasons for the so-called Great Divergence between economic development in China and Western Europe). In the process, students become familiar with the global history perspective and the principles of historiography; begin to learn critically analysing both historical and current-affairs texts; and practice formulating their arguments in written and spoken academic English.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures, independent reading, group discussions and in-class exercises.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written papers for each part of the course (75%), in-class performance (25%).

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