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HIS1003 World History Since 1500CE

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication

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Examiner: Catherine Dewhirst
Moderator: Robert Mason

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


In a world of rapid change and narrow specialisation it is useful to develop a long-term perspective on the course of human history on a world, rather than a regional or national scale. This course introduces students to the early modern and modern phases of the history of globalisation. It encompasses a series of developments as people, communities, states and cultures became increasingly interconnected by varying degrees and at differing paces. In additional to such links, there is a focus on the movement of people, ideas, commodities and disease, and on the role of technology in the distribution of power and wealth across the globe.


This course, following World Civilizations to 1500CE, focuses on key developments in world history from 1492 to 1914, especially the rise of European empires and their interaction with Asian, American and African regions of the world from the Age of Discovery to the First World War. Specific events are discussed for their global significance with an emphasis on cultural exchange, political change, unfree labour, women and industrialisation. The approach in this course allows students to engage with world-systems theory, international relations, and globalization. The course can be taken as a stand-alone course. It is also particularly suited to Education students and is ideal as a general elective.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. recognise, define and use the essential terminology of socio-historical analysis in a global context;
  2. discuss, briefly, the main events, places and people in the development of world history in the defined period;
  3. describe the broad parameters of the interaction of the major empires and states in the defined period;
  4. demonstrate competency in writing skills, bibliography, and documentation in the History discipline.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction: World Systems Theory, Basic Concepts in International Relations, the World in 1492 14.00
2. The Emergence of Global Interrelations: The Ottoman and Safavid Empires, the European Renaissance, Europe, Africa, and the Slave Trade, Europe and the Western Hemisphere 16.00
3. Asia and the Early Modern Era: Europe and South-East Asia, the Moghul Dynasty, the Ming Dynasty, the Manchu Dynasty, the Japanese Feudal State 16.00
4. The West 1600-1800: Absolutism and Constitutionalism, the Age of Reason, Eastern Europe and Enlightened Despotism, Latin America, British North America and Independence Movements 16.00
5. The Modernisation of the Western World: French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, Reform and Revolution in Nineteenth Century, Nationalism and Conflict in the West 1848-1914, Industrializing Societies, Western Cultural and Intellectual Trends 16.00
6. The Race for Empire: Imperialism and Partition of Africa, Western Imperialism in Middle East and Asia, Emergence of Japan and USA as World Powers, Causes of World War I 22.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Hopkins, AG (ed) 2002, Globalization in World History, Pimlico, London.
  • Stearns, PN, Gosch, SS and Grieshaber, EP 2012, Documents in World History, Volume 2, 6th edn, Pearson Education, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bayly, CA 2004, The Birth of the Modern World, 1750-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons, Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Goucher, CL, LeGuin, CA & Walton, LA 1998, In the Balance: Themes in Global History, McGraw Hill, Boston.
  • McNeill, W 1999, A World History, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Reilly, K 2000, Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader since 1400, Vol 2, Bedford/St Martin's, Boston.
  • Upshur, JHL, Terry, J, Holoka, J, Goff, R, Cassar, G 2005, World History since 1500: The Age of Global Integration, Volume 2, 4th edn, West/Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 28.00
Private Study 119.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
DOC ANALYSIS 1000 WORDS 100 15 13 Aug 2012 (see note 1)
MAJOR ESSAY 2000 WORDS 100 30 05 Oct 2012
JOURNAL 1000 WORDS 100 15 19 Oct 2012
EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 100 30 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. Documentary Analyses are due two weeks after scheduled class discussion of the relevant topic. However, students are advised to select a document from topics by the end of week 1 at the latest.
  2. Exam dates will be advised when the timetable has been finalised

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.