HIST1002 An Age of Violence: the Making of the Modern World, 1789–2010

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 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 1 elective
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.
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.

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 Ethan Blue
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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