East meets West: Encounters in Global History

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    East meets West: Encounters in Global History

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Cross-cultural encounters between Asia and Europe, focusing on the role of the Silk Road in shaping engagements between cultures and using the nature and impact of the Mongol empire as a key case study.
    This course is designed to give students a strong grasp of the patterns of engagement between Asia and Europe in global history. It introduces students to the importance of cross-cultural encounters, long distance trade, and imperial systems in shaping community formation and political development. It provides a key window into the cultural dynamics of human history.

    Learning Outcomes
    -An understanding of the pattern of relationships between Asia and Europe
    -A recognition of the nature and consequences of cross-cultural contact
    -A grasp of the basic features of empires and colonialism
    -An appreciation of the distinctive of global history as a scholarly method

    Course materials will be made available electronically.

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