Introduction to world history

Course Code :1014FLWGES
Study domain:History
Bi-anuall course:Taught in academic years starting in an even year
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Maarten Van Ginderachter

3. Course contents *

This course offers a survey of world history from the rise of agriculture to the industrial revolution in six chronological-thematical chapters: 

1.      From the first humans to the first farmers: the impact of ecology and geography (ca. 5.000.000 – ca. 4000 BCE)
2.      Out of the mud: the rise of complex social structures (ca. 4000 – ca. 500 BCE)
3.      The Axial Age: the role of culture, religion and ideology (ca. 800 BCE – ca. 500 CE)
4.      Exchange. The growth of transcontinental communication networks (ca. 200 – ca. 1500 CE)
5.      Rise of the west, decline of the rest? Early globalisation (ca. 1500 – ca. 1750 CE)
6.      The age of revolutions: demography, economy and politics (ca. 1750 CE to the present) 


The course pays  particular attention to evolutions in, comparisons of and interactions between communities across the globe on all continents. The evolution within the field of world history is also broached, as well as different (sometimes conflicting) explanatory models and the most important issues within that field.