The course will be based on the attendance and participation of the student, since no final exam will be held. Marks will depend on a presentation (between 15 and 20 min long) which the student will offer the class. A short written outline of the presentation will be provided to both the other students and the lecturer. The presentation has to include a short summary of the chosen text, but should focus on the theoretical and methodological aspects and also on a critical assessment of the sources. For some texts/sources special questions might be provided by the lecturer in order to highlight major points of interest.
The presentation will be followed by a general discussion of the text or source; active participation is these debates will also reflect on the mark.
The course ‘Working Skills in Global History’ conveys the application of key theoretical concepts and methods in Global History, and aims to capacitate students to reflect critically on debates on globalization and its central categories. The course will include practical exercises such as text and source analysis, in order to facilitate the application of relevant theoretical concepts and methodological approaches. A critical approach to the sources will be one of the courses cornerstones. Hereby, the broad possibilities that different sources offer for global history will be shown, but standard handbooks or encyclopedia will also be used in order that a thorough overview over the course of Global History is ensured.
In each section, the lecturer will provide a short introduction in order to contextualize the topic within the course’s general framework. However, the course will be based on the students’ participation in class.
Since the course is circumscribed to one semester, the first lesson will be essentially dedicated to organize the students’ presentations, but a general introduction will also be provided.
Komlosy, Andrea, Globalgeschichte. Methoden und Theorien, Wien – Köln – Weimar 2011.
Wallerstein, Immanuel, The Modern World System I. Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century, New York – San Francisco – London 1974.