Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » HIST2000 / HIST212 – Global Issues in History and Culture
Suggested Year of Study:2 to 4theme-3
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH

Department of History



Course Description

This course will provide an historical perspective for selected contemporary global issues. Through the study of specific case studies students will develop a clearer understanding and appreciation of historical processes. The aim of this course is to understand the variety of ways that the past has been brought into and understood in the present, rather than a comprehensive survey of a limited time and place. Students will also learn about the core concepts of history, culture, and globalization, which will be discussed in the context of the contemporary global issues that are the focus of each class. Each semester instructors will select pertinent “global issues” for inclusion in this course (one topic per section).


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Come away with a better understanding of the world today and appreciation for the importance of history in that understanding.
  2. Have the competence, self-assurance, and know-how needed to face the opportunities and challenges of the global community in which we live.
  3. Learn to use a variety of primary sources as historical tools.
  4. Sharpen their analytical skills in defining and solving historical problems.
  5. Apply knowledge acquired in this course to questions that cross boundaries of time and geographical space.
  6. Think creatively and innovatively through various problem solving exercises and projects.
  7. Increase their English vocabulary and improve their spoken and reading English skills.