HIST3302 Imagining the Nation in European Cultural History

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
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.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of 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) apply the principles of ethical research, analytical thinking, clear writing and correct documentation in written assignments; and (4) effectively communicate orally and interact constructively and productively in interpersonal (classroom) situations.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) 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)
David Tulley
Unit rules
any Level 2 unit from the Bachelor of Arts.
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. Each week students work through an online presentation (approximately 1 hour) and then attend a 90-minute tutorial.

William Shakespeare, Henry V (Collins Classics)

Heinrich Mann, The Loyal Subject (Bloomsbury – Continuum)

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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