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Erasmus Mundus MA Global Studies


The European Master's Global Studies: A European Perspective aims to create synergies between the fields of studies taught at five European universities that form a consortium, namely, the University of Leipzig, University of Vienna, University of Wroclaw, University of Roskilde and LSE. Combining approaches from global history and international studies, it encompasses area studies, social sciences and other disciplines which contribute to a wide-ranging academic programme allowing different approaches to the study of globalisation processes.

Teaching and Learning

 The programme provides an integrated, comparative assessment of core issues of global development in a historical perspective. Courses consider the origin and outcomes of distinct patterns of economic growth in various time periods (from the eleventh century to the present) and parts of the world. The programme also seeks to explain how and when some economies 'diverged' from the path taken by industrialising and industrialised countries, while the growth performance of others was more erratic, and why problems of poverty, inequality, instability and violence still characterise large parts of the world.

Student Profile

The programme is aimed at students with a first degree in social sciences and humanities (including geography, history, literature, anthropology etc) as well as the natural sciences, who are interested in issues of globalisation. Minimum entry requirements are a BA degree (or recognised equivalent from an accredited institution), sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the chosen field, and excellent written and oral command of English. Some knowledge of German is also desirable.

Students study for two years, one year each at two of the partner institutes, and applicants wishing to study at LSE for either their first or second year will be required to take the MSc Global History|, based in the Department of Economic History.

Applications will be handled by the University of Leipzig and full details can be found here:

Erasmus Mundus is a two-year programme. Students attend LSE for either their first or second year and also attend, for a year, one of the following participating institutions: Leipzig, Roskilde, Vienna, or Wroclaw. Students follow the MSc Global History programme at the LSE, as follows:

MSc Global History

Full-year programme. Students must take compulsory courses to the value of 2.5 units, and either optional courses to the value of one unit and a half-unit dissertation, or optional courses to the value of 0.5 units and a full unit dissertation.

Paper 1  EH481| Economic Change in Global History: Approaches and Analysis

Paper 2&3 Two of the following:

EH482| Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800
EH483| The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
HY423| Empire, Colonialism and Globalization    

Paper 4 Year One students take EH479| Dissertation: Global History (H) and courses to the value of one full unit from the following (if not alraedy taken under Paper 2)

Year Two students take EH480| Dissertation: MSc Global History and courses to the value of 0.5 units from the following (if not already taken under paper 2):  

EH402| Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Economic History (H) 
EH404|  India and the World Economy (H)
EH408| International Migration, 1500-2000: from slavery to asylum (H)
EH409  |Chinese Economy in Transition: 1850-1950
EH412| Research Topics in Economic History A (H) (n/a 14/15) 
EH413| African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (H)  
EH419| Research Topics in Economic History B (H) (n/a 14/15)    
EH422| Topics in Quantitative Economic History 
EH423| Japan and Korea as Developing Economics (H) 
EH424  | The British Economy in Global Perspective, 1000-2000 (H) 
EH426| Quantitative Topics in Economic History I: Cross-section and Panel Data (H)**  
EH427| Quantitative Topics in Economic History II: Time Series and Economic Dynamics (H)** 
EH428| History of Economics: Making Political Economy into a Social Science (H) (n/a 14/15)
EH429| History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (H)  (n/a 14/15)
EH446| Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia  (n/a 14/15)
EH447| Great Depressions in Economic History (H) (n/a 14/15)  
EH451|  Latin American Development: Political economy of growth (H) 
EH452| Latin American Development and Economic History (H) 
EH463  |The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries (H)    
EH464| The Historical Context of Business (H) 
EH466| Labour and Work in Preindustrial Europe (H) (n/a 14/15)
EH467| Epidemics: Epidemic disease in history, 1348-2000 (H) (n/a 14/15)
EH476| The Economic History of War   
EH482| Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800
EH483| The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
EH486| Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters, c1600-1860 (H) 
EH487| International Economic Institutions since World War I (H)

** These courses cannot be combined with EH422




Notes for Students 2013-4