The Long History of Globalisation

Subject HIST40037 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to fourth year Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in the discipline of History

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Catherine Kovesi


Dr Catherine Kovesi

Subject Overview:

It is a commonplace that we live in globalized world. But what does this mean in theory and in practice? How did we get to this point? And how do we interpret the processes that underpin our global world? This subject examines the origins of the interconnected global paradigm from its origins in the mid-fifteenth century until the present day. It explores the structural changes that have shaped our experiences of, and interactions with, the world. It brings a rich historical perspective to some of the critical debates and challenges of the modern era.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will have a nuanced and well rounded understanding of:

  • the complex forces shaping our global world;
  • the paradigms of consumption and globalization;
  • east west perspectives on globalization;
  • the role of communication technologies in globalization, from print to social media
  • the role of empire and of ideologies in shaping and forming our globalized world.


A research essay of 3500 words 65% (due at the end of semester) and assignment of 1500 words 35% (due in the examination period)

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Subject readings will be available online.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History

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