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Unit Overview


This unit examines the processes, experiences and events that transformed key features of world history in the period c.1789 to 2010. Core themes include revolutions (industrial, political and cultural); ideologies (political and gender); violence and conflict (international, environmental and interpersonal); citizenship, power and enfranchisement; and identities and communities (national, colonial, urban and suburban). Subjects studied include political ideas and mass movements; social change and the expansion in consumer culture; war and its legacy; the transformation of the public and private spheres; and behavioural, cultural and environmental change in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This unit gives attention to exploring how events, experiences and developments in different historical and international settings compare, contrast and interconnect.

In studying the unit, students gain an awareness of (1) how intellectual cultures and ideologies shaped the evolution of modern political structures, international relations and warfare; (2) the relationship between nationalism, nation-state building and international conflicts; (2) environmental history and its impact on world events; (3) revolutionary experiences; (4) industrialisation and its economic, social and cultural consequences; (5) power, inequality and citizenship; and (6) violence, gender and the civilising process.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) formulate sound arguments about how human actions in the modern world have been shaped by their historical contexts (social, political, economic, cultural and environmental); (2) describe the historical processes leading to political, economic, cultural and social change in a range of places and periods; (3) demonstrate knowledge of a range of key debates in modern history; (4) identify, critically evaluate and respond to arguments presented in secondary sources; (5) critically interpret a range of primary sources; (6) express ideas cogently in verbal and essay forms; and (7) reference written work in accordance with the History guide to the documentation of essays.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial attendance and participation; (2) written assignments; and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ethan Blue
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.