Course Description

Course Name

East meets West: Encounters in Global History

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Cross-cultural encounters between Asia and Europe, focusing on the role of the Silk Road in shaping engagements between cultures and using the nature and impact of the Mongol empire as a key case study.
This course is designed to give students a strong grasp of the patterns of engagement between Asia and Europe in global history. It introduces students to the importance of cross-cultural encounters, long distance trade, and imperial systems in shaping community formation and political development. It provides a key window into the cultural dynamics of human history.

Learning Outcomes
-An understanding of the pattern of relationships between Asia and Europe
-A recognition of the nature and consequences of cross-cultural contact
-A grasp of the basic features of empires and colonialism
-An appreciation of the distinctive of global history as a scholarly method

Course materials will be made available electronically.

*Course content subject to change