History of the world for beginners

Course Dates: 31/05/21 - 02/08/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Recent events have shown us that we must think globally. Yet, how do we go about that with regards to history? Do we think only about the global past or do we situate our understanding in the global present? And if we can even agree on that, do we give primacy to empires and imperialism, technology and arms, trade and finances, oceans and nature, power and resistance, people or systems, or all of them?
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HWH24

Started Mon, eve, 31 May - 02 Aug '21

Duration: 9 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

How do we situate ourselves globally with regards to history? Where we grow up, how our societies are organised and relate to the past in different ways also influence how we think about the world and its history. In some communities and societies, the past comes alive through generational family and kinship narratives rather than the nation (as we in most European societies consider the norm). These issues complicate how to do world history. In this course, we take therefore on this challenge.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Session 1: Introduction to World History & the First Civilizations
Session 2: The Old Web I: South, Central and East Asia as the Global Centres of Power
Session 3: The Old Web II: The Americas and the Pacific
Session 4: From Eurasian Agrarian Empires to European Colonial Empires: Connecting the Metropolitan Web, 1450-1850
Session 5: Colonial Imperialism in The Age of the Industrial Revolution and Capitalism, 1870-1914
Session 6: From an Imperial to Inter-imperial World, 1914-1945
Session 7: The Cold War as a New Global Imperial System?
Session 8: What about the International Organisations?
Session 9: The World We Live in Today: Climate Change, Inequality, Conflicts and the Decline of the West.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Explain the broad strokes of world history
- Compare and contrast themes in world history
- Critically discuss world history.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is ‘introductory’ and does not require previous studies on the topic. However, curiosity and a willingness to discuss will help both your learning and class discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course does not require work outside class although you might find it useful to explore the media landscape alongside the classes. Typically, the classes will be a combination of teacher presentation, brief individual or team exercises, and, most importantly, group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might find a notebook or electronic device useful for notes. A folder for handouts might also be handy.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.

Martin Jorgensen

Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his student-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.

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