Global History: the Modern Age (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Serena Luzzi
Serena Luzzi
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Language of instruction
I semestre - sede TN dal Sep 16, 2019 al Dec 20, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is

To provide an updated and varied framework of relations growing in a global context during the modern Age
To focus and to reflect on the complexity of economic, social, cultural interactions during the modern Age
To offer historiographical elements related to Global History and his methodology
To increase the methodological awareness and critical thinking skills
To develop transversal skills: teamworking skills, problem solving skills, presentations skills

Students will be actively engaged in classes:
Brainstorming activities will be used; discussions and teamwork will have an important part of classes.
Students will be asked a powerpoint (or similar) presentation based on papers/or sources.

At the end of the course students
Will mature and have varied knowledges about relations and exchanges among different areas of the world during the modern age
will acquire elements of historical methodology/methodologies
will develope a conscious use of concepts developed in the context of global history studies
will be able to insert correctly phenomena into a geographical space and to use maps and outline maps
will be able to read, analyze and discuss a scientific paper/or: sources related to global interactions, demonstrating a critical thinking
will be able to held a well-prepared and effective presentation of a paper/source on a global history topic


Global History is a mainstream discipline in the international panorama.
Terms such as ‘Global History’, ‘Global Interactions’, ‘Connected Histories’ are part of the historiographical vocabulary. But: What are we speaking about when we speak about Global History?
What are the new methodological issues? What is the impact? On what kind of topics does it treat? What are the results?
How did they come to define Europe as the ‘periphery of the World’? Where should we place the ‘center’?

During our classes,
we will focus on conceptual and methodological issues
we will discuss important scientific essays devoted to Global History
we will analyze sources, database and case studies related to a large context, characterized by exchanges, relations, (successful and unsuccessful) negotiations, by forced and free migrations, by interracial mariages, by the circulation of goods and of cultures.

The course takes place in the first semester, starting from November.
Students are expected to attend classes regularly.
Non attending students are kindly asked to contact the Professor (

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Il Programma d'esame sarà comunicato all'inizio del Corso Reading List will be available at the beginning of the Course  

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral.

The ability to use maps and to insert correctly phenomena into a geographical space and to use maps and outline maps will be evaluated, too. To do this, at the exam an outline map will be given.

Student’s Attitude, Quality of Participation, Contribution to the Class discussions will be evaluated as well.

The Reading List will be provided at the beginning of the course.