HIST3375 - Global connections, interactions and colonialism from the 15th century


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 5 days

Course content

This course explores the theme of globalization from a historical-evolutionary, perspective. A problem central to this course is whether the European overseas expansion from the 15th century and subsequent colonization of other continents is THE globalization or ONLY one episode in the historical process of global inter linkages. Thus, the module will provide detailed insights into the trans-continental processes (connections, interactions and networks) from the 15th Century to the present. The geographical and chronological focus is, though not exclusively, the Atlantic Ocean Arena (Africa, America,and Europe). The Indian arena as a peripheral metro-pole in the Europe-dominated global world will also be explored. Additional themes studied include dynamics of dominance and resistance; colonialism and decolonization; process(es) of socio-cultural cross-fertilization; trans-national economic and social formations through oceanic trade and migration; and colonialism and international law. Concepts like globalization, empire, imperialism, colonialism, decolonization, the Atlantic World; and Indian Ocean Arena will be interrogated.

Learning outcome

A candidate who completes this course is expected to have the following learning outcomes according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:


A candidate will acquire

  • an advanced knowledge about European expansion and colonization from the 15th Century
  • an advanced knowledge about the nature, impact and implications of this process in fomenting transformations on a global scale
  • thorough understanding of how colonized peoples engaged and managed their colonial situation
  • detailed insights into the historiography of expansion, colonization, and globalization
  • the ability to apply theories and perspectives used in analyzing imperial expansions in general, and in the context of international developments and globalization


A candidate should be able to

  • critically interrogate the ideas and theoretical assumptions and established perspectives of the field - should be able to write an extended independent, well-structured analytical essay/paper, using the relevant empirical and theoretical knowledge of the field
  • deliver (individually or in team) oral presentations on a chosen topic/theme during lecture/seminar sessions
  • locate the history of expansion and encounter within a context of broader global historical changes

Learning methods and activities

Focus on Student-active learning (through lectures, seminar and presentations) - Assigned chapters/topic: student's group work and presentations; and maximum two individual student's presentations. Learning activities based on assigned texts; individual presentations through seminars; and group presentation (through blogs or wiki, or other BB resources). NOTE: Students presentations are mandatory preconditions to participate in the take-away or home examination at the end of the lectures/seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group work and Presentation
  • Assigned text and Presentation

Further on evaluation

Final Evaluation: "Home Examination"

Required previous knowledge

Open to all with BA in history OR related/relevant humanities/social science disciplines.

Course materials

Core readings: Books/Articles - Abernethy, David B., The Dynamics of Global Dominance: European Overseas Empires, 1415-1980. New Haven & London, Yale University Press, (preferably, latest edition, pp. 1-172) - Hyam, Ronald, Britain's Imperial Century, 1815 - 1914: A Study of Empire and Expansion. Houndsmill and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, (preferably, latest, Edition (particularly, chaps 1, 3, 5) - Peter N. Stearns, Globalization in World History, London and New York (preferably latest version): pages 90-122 - In addition, 'Compendium' of articles/book chapters.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Africa Studies
  • Globalisation
  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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