UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HIST2202 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Content This Level 2 unit focuses on debates about civilisation and barbarism in Europe since the Renaissance. Topics focus on critical and self-reflexive accounts of European civilisation, including the Renaissance discovery of otherness; the Enlightenment ideal of the 'noble savage'; post-Enlightenment critiques of civilisation; twentieth-century narratives of 'civilised violence' and civilisational decay; and contemporary reflections on the state of 'Europe' as a civilisational project. Students are introduced to theories of the dialectic of civilisation and barbarism and the civilising process. Literary and theoretical texts drawn from the European tradition are studied in sociohistorical context in order to arrive at a critical understanding of the development of European civilisational values.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) analyse a range of significant literary and theoretical works which engage with ideas of civilisation and barbarism; (2) understand the development of European concepts of civilisation, civility and civil society and their opposites, 'nature' and 'barbarism'; (3) understand contemporary debates about topics such as Eurocentrism, the legacies of colonialism and the Holocaust, and the relationships between European, Western and non-Western cultures and civilisations; (4) apply the principles of ethical research, analytical thinking, clear writing and correct documentation in written assignments; and (5) communicate orally and interact constructively and productively in interpersonal (classroom) situations.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written assignments; (2) weekly online quizzes; and (3) tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Kati Tonkin
Unit rules
Incompatibility: EURO2201 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History
Contact hours lecture/workshops: 2 hours per week over 10 weeks; tutorials: 1 hour per week over 10 weeks
Texts

William Shakespeare, The Tempest (New Pelican edition)

Sigmund Freud, Civilisation and its Discontents

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

Thomas Mann, Death in Venice And Seven Other Stories (Lowe-Porter translation)


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