HISTY117-20B (HAM)

Global Histories

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
History

Staff

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Convenor(s)

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: monique.mulder@waikato.ac.nz

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: jacintaforde8@gmail.com

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This course offers an introduction to the field of global history through the lens of the oceans. In this course, we aim to move beyond the nation-state as the standard unit of historical study, and examine the past from an oceanic perspective. We will look briefly at the history of different key oceans, including the Pacific, Indian, Atlantic, and Mediterranean Oceans. We will then focus on different approaches to oceanic histories - including indigenous, environmental and legal histories of the ocean - with a particular focus on the largest geographical feature on earth, the Pacific Ocean.

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Paper Structure

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In 2020, this paper will consist of weekly online lessons (which will blend short videos, readings, and recordings with comprehension and reflection questions to help you check your progress and understanding) and in-person tutorials focused on group discussion and peer feedback to develop core historical skills.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Evaluate the benefits and limits of oceanic histories as a lens for studying global history
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  • Be introduced to the specific and methodological underpinnings and implications of global oceanic histories, focusing on indigenous, environmental and legal approaches
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  • Become acquainted with some major theoretical ideas related to the study of global history
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  • Investigate, analyse and discuss both primary and secondary historical source materials
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Assessment

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The assessment will consist of weekly Moodle lessons and quizzes, tutorial exercises and contributions, and two essays.

Further information regarding the assessments will be provided in class and on Moodle.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Weekly Moodle lessons and quizzes
20
2. Tutorial exercises and contributions
20
  • In Class: In Tutorial
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
3. Essay one plan: oceanic historiography
12 Aug 2020
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Essay one: oceanic historiography
16 Sep 2020
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Essay two: reflective essay
16 Oct 2020
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All required reading materials (which will also include some podcasts and blogs) will be shared via library Reading List and the Moodle page for HISTY117-20B. Some readings will also be incorporated into our Moodle lessons.

Our reading tutorials (in even-numbered weeks 2, 4, 6, 10, and 12) will be centred on discussion of the required readings - so it is particularly important you've read these in advance of the class.

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Recommended Readings

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A comprehensive list of suggested sources will be provided on the library Reading List and linked on the Moodle page for HISTY117-20B.

All listed texts will be available in the University Library or will be accessible on-line through the Library website.

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Online Support

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Availability to any online resources or support will be accessible through Moodle and the library Reading List. Aside from specific information for this paper, our Moodle page includes links to relevant student support services in case you need additional support in your academic or personal journey at university.
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Workload

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Normal class contact time is 24 hours of lectures over the twelve weeks of teaching during the semester, and an extra 11 hours of tutorials (35 hours in total class contact time). For a typical student in a 15 point paper (offered over one semester) the expected workload is approximately 10 hours per week, including class contact time. Excluding the two hours of lectures and one hour tutorial time, students should average at least six hours of time spent on study, reading, and/or assessment work per week. These figures are only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements, and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper provides a useful foundation for HISTY200 Pacific History, as well as our other papers on historical methods and on indigenous histories. Students may also be interested in taking further Pacific Studies papers to learn more about the Pacific Ocean, its peoples and cultures.
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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: HIST117

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