HIST 125: Introduction to Global History

HIST 125-B01: Introduction to Global History
(Summer 2024)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM TR

Blue Ridge Hall 129

Section Information for Summer 2024

This course explores the global connections of the world around 1300 to the present. Through examining major events and themes in world history, we will analyze how our perception of the past has transformed today’s modern world. Focusing on the early global economy, trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the global Cold War, we will cover topics such as democracy, colonialism, capitalism, imperialism, nationalism, and decolonization, as well as discussions on how concepts such as race, gender, and ethnicity changed over time. 

In addition to our textbook, we will be using various kinds of primary sources, including written documents, images, audio and video recordings, and digitized materials. We will also evaluate secondary sources and explore how historians have constructed our thinking of the past. By the end of the semester, students will be able to link the past with present and narrate major trends chronologically, critically analyze and interpret sources, and understand the global interactions of the past.

*Analytical approach to world history overview that surveys major features of principal existing civilizations of world, as originally formed and as altered by key global processes including forces of modernity. Meets the Mason Core Western Civilization/World History requirement.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

By focusing on historical experiences that reflect the diversity of Mason’s student body, students will be able to see how their families and communities fit within, and contribute to, global history from the pre-modern period to our present day. This course offers a long-term historical perspective on structural issues challenging our world today, including demographic and environmental changes, national and global inequalities, and the underrepresentation of marginalized groups. Students will gain an understanding of how interconnections and inter-dependencies have been forged through the global movement of people, pathogens, goods, and ideas. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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