RHI-20306 Globalization in Historical Perspective


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. AJAM Schuurman
A el Makoui
Lecturer(s)dr. FD Huijzendveld
dr. AJAM Schuurman
Examiner(s)dr. FD Huijzendveld
dr. AJAM Schuurman

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This course pays attention to global transformations since 1500, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Themes are:
- state formation and the development of an international order;
- world trade;
- international production and firms;
- international migration;
- international division of labour;
- cultural globalization;
- environmental globalization. These themes are linked to the process of continuing technological, scientific and organizational developments especially since the Industrial Revolution.

Learning outcomes:

After this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the differences between the economic, political, cultural, environmental and social dimensions of the globalization process;
- understand the characteristics of periods of globalisation;
- assess contemporary societal developments in a historical perspective;
- assess the position of the nation-state in a globalizing world;
- find historical literature and reviews;
- assess historical literature.


Lectures, study, tutorials. It is expected that the student will prepare the relevant literature for the lectures, that he participates actively in the discussions, and does the weekly assignments.


There will be a written exam based on the lectures and the obligatory literature. The final mark is the result of this written exam and a bonus for the assignments.


David Held, Anthony McGrew, David Goldblatt and Jonathan Perraton, Global transformations. Politics, economics and culture (Stanford/Cambridge 1999).
A course guide will be distributed at the first lecture, and can be found on the internet site of the Rural History.

Compulsory for: BINInternational Development StudiesBSc2MO
Compulsory for: WUDPGBSc Minor Development and Policies in a Globalizing World2MO