“A Global History of the Nineteenth Century”—Draft Syllabus

I just finished producing a first complete syllabus draft of 200-level Global history survey course: “A Global History of the Nineteenth Century.”

This course idea came about after reading Jürgen Osterhammel’s The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century. My appeal to The Transformation of the World was its compartmentability—you can read it out of order or skip chapters—and its low cost (when I purchased it on Amazon it was only $25). I challenged myself to create a course that uses The Transformation of the World as its textbook. Students at the end of the term will have a 1100 page monograph under their belts, rather than a factory-produced textbook or a salad of book chapters. Each week corresponds to one or two chapters in the book (most chapters are around 30-80 pages).

I do, however, have some reservations with it. There are no tutorials and the only non-exam assignments are related to the term essay (the proposal and the term essay itself). Additionally, there are no primary sources assigned. Over time, I am sure I resolve both issues by stumbling across suitable primary source readings and creating an engaging first assignment.

This is a work in progress and I would love to get any comments or suggestions.

The PDF is available here.


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