Universität Wien FIND

070224 VO Theories and Methods of Global History (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 05.10. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 12.10. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course explores different theoretical and methodological approaches to studying the Cold War period fruitful for the field of global history. With a focus on Eastern Europe and particularly socialist Yugoslavia, the course will involve wider implications relevant for global history. Taking the dynamic period of the Cold War as a case study, students will actively engage with the question of scale in history: across national and regional levels, to international, transnational, transregional, and global histories. The class dynamics will be based on the combination of theoretical and conceptual contributions with concrete case studies that illustrate them. The course draws on contributions from political, economic, social and cultural history.
Students will be familiarized with the Cold War history beyond the binary narrative of superpower rivalry by exploring the histories of socialist globalization, international networks and alliances, contact zones, and cultural transfers and entanglements. To foster understanding of the complex theoretical content, socialist Yugoslavia is taken as the main case study that will be placed in these various contexts and approached from the perspective of different scales.

Assessment and permitted materials

The course will be conducted in the English language. The lectures will be followed by a discussion and student participation in class discussions is welcome. All reading assignments and mandatory literature for the final exam will be made available on the Moodle platform.
We will host two guest speakers who will introduce a topic from the global and transnational history of the post-1945 period based on their scholarly expertise.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The exam will consist of 4 essay questions. Each question carries maximum 5 points. In order to pass the exam students have to score at least 10 points.


Sehr Gut: 17,5-20 points; Gut: 15-17,5 points; Befriedigend: 12,5-15 points; Genügend: 10-12,5 points; Nicht Genügend: 0-10 points

Examination topics

Exam will be based on the topics and themes covered in the Exam Reader (available on moodle). We also recommend consulting the recorded lectures and presentations.

Reading list


Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:14