- Department: History
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Tara Alberts
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
During the period 1500-1700 the world changed beyond recognition. This was an age of imperial power, with the major empires of Asia – the Ottomans, Persians, Mughals, and Chinese – dominating key aspects of global trade. Ancient trade links between Asia, Europe, and Africa were reinvigorated and strengthened, and new routes and connections between various regions were forged. European trade also increased, as did the imperial ambitions of several European powers. By the middle of the sixteenth century, for the first time, all the inhabited continents of the world – including the Americas - were connected to some extent by stable trade routes and continuous exchange. Cultural, artistic, diplomatic, and religious exchange across Asia fuelled the development of new patterns of consumption and production and introduced new aesthetic styles and material cultures.
Following merchants, missionaries, diplomats, and adventurers as they travelled around Asia, this module will introduce this exciting period of global exchange. Students will explore the networks of trade, diplomacy and religious exchange in Asia which linked varied communities to each other and to the wider world. Each week, we will explore a new type of source and a new example of cultural exchange in the service of imperial power. Through this series of case studies the module provides students with the tools to examine big questions in global history, from a variety of perspectives.
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The aims of this module are:
Students who complete this module successfully will:
Students will attend a 1-hour briefing in week 1. Students will then attend a 1-hour plenary/lecture and a 2-hour seminar in weeks 2-4, 6-8 and 10-11 of semester 1. Weeks 5 & 9 are Reading and Writing Weeks (RAW) during which there are no seminars. Students prepare for and participate in eight 1-hour plenaries/lectures and eight 2-hour seminars in all.
Seminar topics are subject to variation, but are likely to include the following:
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For formative assessment, students will complete a referenced 1200 to 1500-word essay relating to the themes and issues of the module. This will be submitted in either the Week 5 or Week 9 RAW week (on the day of the weekly seminar).
For summative assessment, students will complete an Assessed Essay (2000 words, footnoted). This will comprise 100% of the overall module mark.
Summative assessments will be due in the assessment period.
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Following their formative assessment task, students will typically receive written feedback that will include comments and a mark within 10 working days of submission.
Work will be returned to students in their seminars and may be supplemented by the tutor giving some oral feedback to the whole group. All students are encouraged, if they wish, to discuss the feedback on their formative work during their tutor’s student hours. For more information, see the Statement on Feedback.
For the summative assessment task, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 25 working days of the submission deadline. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement of Assessment.
For term time reading, please refer to the module VLE site. Before the course starts, we encourage you to look at the following items of preliminary reading: