HIST 1109 - Revolutions that Changed the World
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code HIST 1109 Course Revolutions that Changed the World Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 3 hours per week Course Description This course will look at some of the great `turning points' of history that have shaped the world in which we live, for example the Renaissance and Reformation of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the `Scientific Revolution' of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century, the `Information Revolution' and `Sexual Revolution' of the twentieth century, as well as great political revolutions such as the American, French, Russian and Chinese revolutions. Students will actively engage with the central question of why human history in the last 500 years has witnessed periods of profound transformation. Were they driven primarily by technological and economic developments, or were new ideas and philosophies the most important agents of rapid historical change? What role was played in these transformations by individuals and by governments? What exactly do we mean by the term `revolution', and how legitimately can the word be applied to the events that we cover in this course.
This course has three main objectives. Firstly, it will ask students to engage with some of most important debates about the factors that led to rapid historical change. Secondly, the course furnishes students with an overview of the `big picture' of world history across the last 500 years. Students will acquire essential contextual knowledge which will enrich their understanding of almost any subsequent course they take in history or the humanities. Thirdly, the course will facilitate students' understanding of the world in which they live by exploring some of the key developments that have shaped our common history. The course allows for insights into our own rapidly changing era by exploring other revolutionary episodes in our past.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Robert FosterCourse Convenor: Associate Professor Robert Foster
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Individual modules in the course will be taught by History Discipline staff - personnel being determined according to staff availability in each year.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.To be announced.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1 A broad factual knowledge of the political, social, cultural and visual history of important periods of transition and transformation in world history. 2 An ability to address questions about the causes and impact of these transformations. 3 An ability to locate relevant secondary sources and use them appropriately in order to answer questions about the causes and impact of these periods of profound transformation. 4 An understanding of the contested nature of historical interpretations with particular regard to the transitions we discuss in the course. Students will be able to identify the key questions at stake in these debates and understand the key positions taken by historians. 5 Students will be able to engage critically with these debates both individually and in small groups, and to formulate coherent positions of their own based on an appropriate use of evidence. 6 An understanding of, and the ability correctly to use, the conventions and idiom of the discipline of history. 7 An ability to work in small groups in order to address and solve historical problems pertaining to the causes and impact of the ‘revolutions’ that we study. 8 An awareness of how the transformations we study have shaped the world we live in today. 9 Students will also be given training in, and expected to demonstrate, visual literacy skills. 10 An ability to use relevant technologies to find and evaluate sources, communicate ideas with other students and with staff, and present findings.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 - 10 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4, 5, 9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 5, 10 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 5, 8 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8
Required ResourcesTo be announced.
Recommended ResourcesThe Barr Smith Library has a rich collection of books on our subject. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with the resources guide for this course which is available online through the Barr Smith Library. The resources guide also provides critical information on accessing materials in hard copy and electronically through the Library.
Online LearningThis course has a website accessible through MyUni. The site will contain the Course Guide. The Course Guide provides further instructions on the assessment tasks, reading lists, essay questions and other relevant materials.
In addition the website will contain lecture notes, handouts and worksheets.
Regular announcements and updates will be posted on MyUni.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures
Lectures begin in week one and tutorials begin in week two.
There will be lectures each week, which will provide students with a basic core of factual knowledge about the ‘revolutions’ that we cover in the course. These sessions will also identify key analytical problems that will be discussed in tutorials and addressed in the course assessments.
Each student will attend one tutorial per week. In tutorials students will participate in activities designed to develop the skills essential to the discipline of history. Tutorials are also a forum in which the class can exchange ideas about the key themes of the course and hone their oral communication skills. The materials in the course reader and the lectures provide you with the necessary background to participate in tutorials and to contribute to discussion. Tutorials comprise an essential component of the course with the primary purpose of developing key graduate attributes as listed above. As a result tutorial attendance is a requirement of this course.
See the Course Guide for further instructions on tutorial participation.
Student support and research skills
Like the first-semester level-1 course, Empires in World History, this course is designed as an introduction to the study of history at university level, there will be a strong emphasis on developing basic research skills. We work closely with the relevant staff in the library to provide hands-on training in the use of library resources. Various small exercises in the large-group sessions and tutorials, and on MyUni, will also familiarise students with the basic skills they need to research and write their assessments.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The course is designed on the assumption that the typical student workload will be as follows:
Lectures: 24 hours
Tutorials: 12 hours
Preparation for tutorials: 12 hours
General reading (e.g. of course textbook): 28 hours
Researching and writing assessments: 80 hours
Total: 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryBecause this is a modular course, the precise course content and learning activities will vary from year to year. A Course Guide containing details of content and activities will be available at the beginning of semester.
Specific Course RequirementsTutorial attendance is a requirement of this course and absences other than for medical reasons (with supporting documentation) will result in serious penalties.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceIn tutorials students will work in small groups and develop research skills through the investigation of
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Assessment SummaryAs this is a modular course the topics and forms of assessment may change from year to year, but typically assessed tasks will include a Minor Essay, a Research Essay and a Final Exam. Students will also be graded on tutorial participation.
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Assessment DetailDetails will be available in the Course Guide which will be made available on MyUni.
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