United Kingdom, Brighton

Global History

when 20 June 2016 - 14 July 2016
duration 4 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1520

History, what for? What would our lives be without coffee, tea or tomatoes? These answers can be found only in the global processes of the past. This module aims to explain the importance of historical processes. For instance, Peru is currently the largest producer of cocaine. However, why in three centuries has this country shifted its export of potatoes to cocaine? To answer this question, you need history. One possible solution is to analyse the consequences and the impact of the Spanish dominion. By examining the birth, rise and fall of the European Empires you will understand better your own culture and current global trends. The module offers a thorough analysis of early modern imperialism and globalisation, where quests for profits triggered social and economic transformation. We look at how the exchanges between the old and new world shaped society today. Finally we reflect on globalisation: a modern invention or an old global fable? This module enables you to grasp the significance of this subject and fosters your critical engagement.

Field trip fee: £40

Course leader

Giada Pizzoni

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 1520: Tuition only (one four week session).
GBP 2820: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions).


The University of Sussex offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the ISS in the form of partial fee waivers to students from developing countries who have high potential for future leadership in their field of study or career.