General topics for the lectures across Terms 1, 2 and 3 are outlined below. These are subject to change depending on the particular interests of the module group.
1. What is Global History, what is Ancient Global History and how will this module work?
2. Overview of Ancient Mediterranean History + the kinds of evidence we have
3. Overview of Ancient West Asian + Central Asian History + the kinds of evidence we have
4. Overview of Ancient Indian history + the kinds of evidence we have
5. Overview of Ancient East Asian history + the kinds of evidence we have
6. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: the ‘Axial age’ of great thinkers and ideas
7. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: Evolution of Empires + meeting of histories
8. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: Religious spread
9. Introduction of Oiko.world, investigation of database + short presentations on connective ancient global historical examples
10. Comparative histories: social relations between Greece and China
11. Comparative histories: politics and state formation in Mediterranean, Asia and China
12. Comparative histories: writing history across the ancient world
13. Connective history: the development of the ancient Silk Roads
14. Connective history: the changing meaning of goods traded east and west
15. Connective history: the migrations of peoples east and west
15. Connective history: the spread of ideas east and west
16 Connective history: the development of art across connected cultures (or 'Did the Greeks ever make it to China?')
17 What did the Romans think of the Chinese (and vice-versa)? Cultural identities in the ancient world
18 What happened next in ancient global history?
19. Revision - what did cultures owe to interaction with one another?
20. Revision / Potential Video Portal conference with students of ancient global history at another university