The main objective of our curriculum is to acquaint students with the multifaceted interconnections between Europe and the non-Western world since the early modern period and to help them analyse their variegated social, cultural, political and economic impact. Methodologically, recently much-debated historiographical currents such as "transnational history" and "global history" serve as important points of reference in this endeavour. In the courses designed as electives to be offered in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (D-GESS) programme for ETH's undergratuate student body, particular care is taken to make sure that courses have a survey character rendering them suitable for and attractive to non-history majors, and that historical issues are not introduced as something "of antiquarian interest only" but in their relatedness to and relevance for the present in which we live.
The course designed for advanced students enrolled in the interdisciplinary MA - programme History and Philosophy of Knowledge are slightly more specialised and theory-oriented.
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