Instructor: Professor Chinnaiah Jangam

Course Description

Fall Term 
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.

Winter Term

Winter term will explore various “problems and concepts” that are relevant to World History. It will historicize and problematize notions of progress, race, nationhood in relation to colonialism and imperialism. Furthermore, in each lecture, using examples from the course’s historical content, students will be introduced to specific analytical concepts and historical methods. Throughout the course, students will be continually challenged to contemplate the ways in which historical assumptions are embedded in present day discourses. By the end of the year students will be exposed to historically informed critical analyses that framed contemporary discussions about globalization.

Required text will be decided in Fall semester in consultation with the students.

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.