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070285 KU Working Skills in Global History (2015W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

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Friday 08.01. 11:30 - 13:00 (ehem. Hörsaal 23 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 5)
Wednesday 13.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Prominentenzimmer Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Hof 4
Friday 15.01. 15:00 - 18:15 (ehem. Hörsaal 23 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 5)
Monday 18.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Prominentenzimmer Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Hof 4
Wednesday 20.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Prominentenzimmer Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Hof 4
Friday 22.01. 15:00 - 18:15 (ehem. Hörsaal 23 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 5)
Monday 25.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Prominentenzimmer Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Hof 4
Friday 29.01. 11:30 - 13:00 (ehem. Hörsaal 23 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 5)


Aims, contents and method of the course

The contents of the course revolve around the process of economic globalization, in particular international trade, but will also touch upon topics such as cross-cultural connections and entanglement, and approaches such as the world-system theory or postcolonial studies. Chronologically, we shall focus on the Early Modern period and the so called ‘First Globalization’ between the late 15th and the early 19th centuries. This provides a rough framework within which selected examples of events and processes will be presented and discussed. Spatially, special attention will be paid with the interaction between Europe, Latin America and Asia and, therefore, the connections between the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Pacific.
The contents of the course include the following topics:
- Time and Space as key analytical categories in Global History
- Periodization, especially concerning recent criticisms of the Eurocentric perspective on the historical development of trans-regional and cross-cultural connections
- Sources and Materials in Global History
- Different definitions of globalization and debates on the historicity of the globalizing process, using the example of early modern maritime trade and including practical examples on merchant networks
- Explanation of social and economic inequalities, world-system approach
- Postcolonial approach and orientalism, research on cross-cultural stereotypes in the colonial world and Central Europe
- Nations and religions

Assessment and permitted materials

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.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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.

Examination topics

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.

Reading list

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.

Association in the course directory

MA Globalgeschichte und Global Studies: APM Grundlagen der Globalgeschichte, Globalgeschichtliche Arbeitstechniken (3ECTS) |

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