HISTORY 103/103G : Global History


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

It is only since the fifteenth century that a truly global dimension to history can be identified. This course examines key determinants that have bound the fate of peoples together including the emergence of world trade networks, the growth of world religions, the spread of epidemic diseases, the formation of empires, and the migration of peoples across continents.

Course Overview

This Stage I course introduces students to some basic aspects of the study of history. Coverage extends from the late fifteenth century, when communities and cultures around the world started to become globally rather than regionally interconnected, up to the so-called "globalised" world of the present day. The course introduces students to developments which increasingly bound together the fates of different peoples and cultures, including the emergence of world trade networks, the expansion of cultures and religions, the formation of regional and worldwide empires, the global role of violence and conflict, the migrations of peoples across continents, and the ecological and environmental impacts of human societies.

The course is organised thematically as well as chronologically, and offers students a deeper understanding of how our lives today are shaped by the global as well as the local legacies of the past.  Students in this course obtain an overview of key developments in global history and discover that studying history is not merely about finding out what happened in the past; it also involves understanding how and why things happened and why those occurrences are significant. Students will receive a basic introduction to some of the ways in which historians construct, analyse and interpret the past, and will encounter the diverse kinds of evidence (what historians term "primary sources") on which scholars base their interpretations of history.

In both content and approach, this course offers a foundation for understanding how people and societies existed in the past, and a way of understanding change and continuity across time. We study the global past as it was lived by contemporaries, but also examine how that shared past created the world in which we live today. This course is designed to be welcoming and accessible to students with interests outside history, while providing students who plan further study in history with a strong introduction to the field.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and describe ways the global past has shaped and continues to shape the globalised present (Capability 1.1 and 6.2)
  2. Critically evaluate key principal concepts used to interpret the global past (Capability 2.1)
  3. Offer reasoned historical arguments in both written and oral formats (Capability 1.2, 2.3 and 4.1)
  4. Identify and discuss key transformations and continuities in global history since c. 1450 (Capability 1.1, 5.2 and 6.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Online exercises 20% Individual Coursework

Exam Benefit (Plussage) is available to students who fulfill tutorial participation requirements.and complete all required coursework to passing standard.

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Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course. For each each 15 point course in which they are enrolled, students are expected to spend 10 hours per week including class time, personal study and assignment preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is available for delivery to students studying remotely outside NZ in 2022.

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. On-campus tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events, but students who miss an on-campus tutorial may have the opportunity to receive participation credit by participating in an online activity instead.
Attendance on campus is not required for the exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.


Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
The course will include live online events including group discussions and these will be recorded, but all course components my be completed asynchronously.  Students are not required to be available at a specific time of day or week to participate in this course.
Attendance on campus is not required for the exam.
Where possible, study material will be available at course commencement, but some will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

All required tutorial readings and essay resources are available online, with access enabled via Canvas. No book purchases are required for this course.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

For 2022, the course has refined and developed new online and blended learning activities in response to previous student feedback.  We warmly invite both formal and informal feedback from students during the semester on how to improve their learning experience in this course.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page https://canvas.auckland.ac.nz/courses/33894, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.