Topics in Global History (HIST*4120) | College of Arts

Topics in Global History (HIST*4120)

Code and section: HIST*4120*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Evren Altinkas


Method of Delivery:

This course will be conducted in a remote synchronous format. Class will meet: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:30-3:50 on Teams.

Course Synopsis:

This course examines major themes in global history. Topics include the differences between War and Cold War; Ideological Wars during the Cold War; Different Paths of Modernity; Cultural Globalization; History of Oil, Migration, Tourism and the Role of Movies in Shaping the World History. The course will entail readings and discussion, two analytical papers, and presentations on topics within the course.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. identify the dynamics of world history and analyze the change-continuity through the centuries;
  2. recognize the role played by ideologies in shaping the world-system during 20th century and its implications on today; 
  3. recognize the different approaches of different cultures to historical events; 
  4. engage with the central issues, research approaches, and practices of history as a discipline;
  5. develop skills in critical reading, writing, and thinking;
  6. develop skills in library research and critical evaluation of information.


10.00 credits including 1.50 credits in History at the 3000-level

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

  • Weekly Discussions on Courselink/Meetings - 20%
  • First Analytical Paper - 30%
  • Second Analytical Paper - 30%
  • Presentation - 20%

Required Texts:

Grenville, J. (2005). A history of the world from the 20th to the 21st century. Routledge.

*Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.