Course Title: Global History and Security

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global History and Security

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Alexis Bergantz

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 8203

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.34

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the making of the modern world and of our global society. The course begins with the expansion of the Silk Road and the devastating impact of the Black Death on Europe and Asia. We will examine the development of an international order of sovereign states during the Age of Revolutions and of Global Empires. The course ends with the convergence and interactions that have shaped the twentieth century and our contemporary era of globalisation. 

This course focuses on key historical events, people and processes through which the world became increasingly interconnected. We will problematise and analyse the concept and phenomenon of globalisation and pay attention to the networks of people and ideas that have driven global transformations. You will gain a historically-informed understanding of contemporary society by examining the interactions between colonial and Indigenous powers, the development of a system of sovereign and independent states, and the development of social, economic and cultural relationships between Oceania, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. You will learn to analyse, compare and critically assess first-hand perspectives of historical actors through a variety of texts and images. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Distil meaning, interpret, absorb and synthesize knowledge and information derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems 
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice 
  • Take a strategic perspective in policy and practice in addressing global-local issues through planning and prioritization and to implement new directions and solutions in constructive, innovative and creative ways 
  • Apply knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in international and cross-cultural settings, to assess economic, cultural, social and political opportunities and risks, and to evaluate the viability of policies and programs in their local-global context 

Course Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  1. Describe and evaluate some of the major causes and consequences of globalisation in history
  2. Identify and evaluate key societal and ethical debates in the present by relating them to the long history of globalisation
  3. Critically assess primary and/or secondary sources to develop an evidence-based argument
  4. Communicate clearly and effectively in written and/or oral form 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities in a variety of settings including lectures, group problem-solving exercises and debates. A structured tutorial program is provided to give you the opportunity to explore global issues in greater depth through active participation in small group discussions and collaborative activities. 

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no required textbook, RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  

You will be able to access  a wide range of library resources and online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  

The assessment is designed to facilitate your development your knowledge of the course content, and develop your analytical, strategic and communicative capabilities. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Reading Task (800 words), 15%, CLO1, CLO3, CLO4 

Assessment Task 2: Research Essay (1600 words), 40%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 

Assessment Task 3: Take Home Exam, 35% (1000 words), CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 

Assessment Task 4: Contribution to peer-learning, 10% (500 words), CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.