This unit takes a broad and long perspective on the development of global history. It examines several outstanding themes including the importance of a number of world religions, looking not only at their main tenets, but also at the societies and cultures they were associated with. The religions focused on include Hinduism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam. The second theme concerns the global impact of colonialism and looks in particular at the slave trade and the diffusion of cultures to which it gave rise. The third theme is globalisation, examining the growth of interconnectedness in recent decades. Students will develop historical skills, including research, referencing and essay writing.