UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HIST3302 Imagining the Nation in European Cultural History

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 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 3 elective
Content This unit focuses on the development of ethnic and national identities in the context of European history, society and culture. Literary and theoretical texts are studied in historical context in order to arrive at a critical understanding of the development of ethnicity and national identity as psychosocial categories; the ways in which ethnicity has been used in the service of nationalist ideologies and identifications; and the ways in which ethnicity and national identity have been represented in European literature and culture at different times. In the process of engaging with this literary, cultural and historical material, students further extend their skills in research and documentation, clear and accurate summation and presentation of arguments, critical analysis and interpretation, and succinct synthesis and statement of conclusions.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the development of ethnic and national identities in a range of European historical and cultural contexts; (2) analyse significant literary and theoretical works which engage with ideas of and/or represent aspects of ethnicity and national identity; (3) engage with debates about ethnicity and national identity in historical and contemporary contexts; (4) extend their understanding and application of the principles of ethical research, analytical thinking, clear writing and correct documentation in written assignments; and (5) further develop their ability to communicate orally and interact constructively and productively in interpersonal (classroom) situations.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research essay; (2) weekly online quizzes; and (3) seminar 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
Prerequisites: any Level 2 EURO, HIST or ENGL unit
Incompatibility: EURO2203 Imagined Homelands—Survey; EURO3302 Imagining the Nation in European Cultural History
Contact hours This unit is taught in a blended mode over 11 weeks, beginning in week 1. Each week students are required to work through an online presentation in their own time (approximately one hour) and then attend a two-hour seminar.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/HIST3302/SEM-2/2017

William Shakespeare, Henry V (Collins Classics)

Theodor Fontane, Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)

Joseph Roth, Radetzky March (Granta – Michael Hofmann translation)

Ivo Andric, The Bridge over the Drina (Harvill)

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (your choice of novel from the series)

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