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Caravans and Traders: Global Connections, 1200-1500 (HI2B8): Assessment and Contact Hours


The assessment for this second-year 15 CATS option module is as follows. (Any visiting students on a 15 CATS module will complete the same assessment as home students):

  • (30% - deadline Wednesday Week 5 at 12.00). A 1,500 'source review' choosing one of the following books (below) to focus your review on.
    • We are looking for a piece of writing that is focused largely on the book of your choice. Tell us a bit about this book: who is it writtem by, what is it about, what does the book try to 'do'? You could simply write a report about the book.
    • If you wish, you could offer your evaluation of the book: do you think it does what it sets out to do well? Does it fall short of your expectations? If so, why? Can you explain your comment/judgment/impression of the book, and can you demonstrate this with some examples?
    • If you think this is helpful, you may wish to refer to another book that's just like it, but better, or just like it but different, and explain your preference. If so, please footnote that other study (or studies). But don't forget, the book you have chosen should remain central in your study.
      • Abu-Lughod, Janet L., Before European hegemony: the world system A.D. 1250 - 1350 (New York, 1989)
      • Burbank, Jane and Frederick Cooper, Empires in world history: power and the politics of difference (Princeton, 2010)
      • Dunn, Ross E., The adventures of Ibn Battuta, a Muslim traveler of the 14th century (Updated ed, Berkeley, Calif. ; London, 2012) E-Book
      • Liu Xinru, The Silk Road in world history (Oxford; New York, 2010)
      • McNeill, John Robert and William Hardy McNeill, The human web: a bird’s-eye view of world history (1st ed, New York, 2003)
      • Pomeranz, Kenneth and Steven Topik, The world that trade created: society, culture, and the world economy, 1400 to the present (3rd ed, London ; New York, 2015)
  • (70% - deadline Wednesday Week 10 at 12.00). A 3,000 essay on one of the seminar questions.

For full details of examination and assessment, please see

  • Formative group presentation in Week 7.

Contact Hours

Student contact hours for this second-year 15 CATS option module are as follows:

  • Module duration: Ten weeks
  • Lectures: Nine one-hour lectures
  • Seminars: Nine one-hour seminars
  • Tutorials: Two hours of feedback and essay preparation
  • Total: Twenty hours