HIST 1707A: World History
Fall 2022-Winter 2023

Fall Instructor: Dr. Mary Owusu

Fall Semester Course Description: TBC

Winter Instructor: Professor Chinnaiah Jangam

Winter Semester Course Description: The modern world in which we live today is largely perceived and presented as the contribution of western science, technology and ideas. While interrogating such perceptions, this course focuses on the sustained contribution of the non-western world to the creation of the modern world. Beginning with the European expansions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, it reflects upon the global developments which brought people and cultures together. In re-conceptualizing the global histories as interconnected this section analyzes the global developments which have shaped and reshaped the modern world in terms of trade, commerce, migration, science technology, medicine and diseases.

Required Textbook

  • Jerry Bentley, Sanjay Subrahmanyam and Merry Wiesner- Hanks, The Construction of a Global World 1400-1800 CE, Part I Foundations, Cambridge University Press, 2015. Paperback Edition.

Class Format: Each week, the students will be expected to attend a two-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial (in small groups facilitated by a teaching assistant) in which there will be discussion about the course readings, and opportunities to prepare for the course assignments.

Assessment:  Students will be assessed on their written work, attendance and participation in class and tutorials.  Each term there will be two written assignments and one in class test.