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One World: A History of Globalization, 1750-2050 (HI31V)

Please note that this module has been
temporarily withdrawn and is therefore
not available to students in 2016/17.

Module Leader

Professor Giorgio Riello
Phone: 024 76 52 2163 (internal extension 22163)
Office Hours: All Wednesdays 9-10am in Room H014 or by appointment.


This Advanced Option will introduce students through a thematic approach to modern global history (post 1750) and the history of globalization. The primary aims of the module are:

  • To introduce students to key theories of globalization.
  • To train students to consider contemporary debates in a historical perspective.
  • To explore a range of topics related to globalization and understand how some key features of human history have changed over the period from 1750 to the present.
  • To understand how globalization has shaped people’s lives since the industrial revolution.
  • To provide students with perspectives on globalization from the point of view of different world areas (e.g. China, India, and Africa).
  • To apply a multidisciplinary approach to the study of historical processes by integrating the history of globalization with sociological, economic, anthropological and social and political science approaches.
  • To consider concepts such as cosmopolitanism, globalism and global culture through the use of primary and secondary sources.

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The assessment for this module is determined by whether or not the student will be basing a Dissertation on the module:

  • For students who are not basing a Dissertation on this module: a two-hour exam and a 4,500 word essay
  • For students who are basing a Dissertation on this module: Three-hour exam

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