Making of the Contemporary World

This module explores how the contemporary world came into being.

Topics covered

It begins with the world before European hegemony, then explores the transformations of the 19th century, before focusing on the way in which the global system has evolved over the last 100 years. The module as a whole focuses on political economy, with some attention to social and cultural history. Each week is devoted to exploring a particular theme. As a whole, the module provides the necessary context within which to place contemporary developments and a yardstick against which to test general claims about the world today


  • Five written online activities (30% of the module mark)
  • 5,000 word essay (70%).