HIST 1109 - Revolutions that Changed the World
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course will look at some of the great 'turning points' of history that have shaped the world in which we live. This might include 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 'Sexual Revolution' of the twentieth century, as well as great political revolutions such as the American, French, Russian and Chinese. 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. Note: this course is very different from the 'revolutions' component of SACE.
Course Coordinator: Evan Smith
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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 A capacity 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 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5, 7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
6, 7, 8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesAll readings will be made available electronically through Canvas.
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 Canvas. All course materials will be there including lecture recordings, assessment details, tutorial questions and readings, etc.
Regular announcements and updates will be posted via Canvas.
You will be expected to check your emails and the website regularly for updates and other information relating to the course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures
Will be pre-recorded and accessible by Week 1 of the semester.
These will be supplemented by podcasts, documentaries and other learning resources.
Tutorials begin in Week 2. 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 weekly assigned videos and readings will provide you with the necessary background to participate in tutorials and to contribute to discussion.
Student support and research skills
Like the 1st 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 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 Canvas, 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 across the semester will be as follows:
Lectures: 24 hours
Tutorials: 10 hours
Preparation for tutorials: 20 hours
Researching and writing assessments: 102 hours
Total: 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryBecause this is a modular course, the precise content and learning activities will vary from year to year.
In general, 2-3 weeks will be spent examining each 'revolution' in the course. The following may be examined: American Revolution (c. 1776-1783), English Revolution (c.1640s), Scientific Revolution (c.16th-17th centuries), French Revolution (c.1789-1815), Industrial Revolution (c.1750-1900), Communist Revolution (c.1840s-1989), Russian Revolution (c. 1917), Sexual Revolution (16th-20th centuries).
Specific Course RequirementsNone
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will work in small groups in tutorials and develop research skills through the investigation of primary sources.
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Assessment Percentage Course Learning Outcome Short Essay
(1000 words on a journal article)
30% 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 Quizzes 20% 1, 2 Research Essay
50% 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 Tutorial Participation
Modified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates.
Assessment Task Weighting Quizzes 20% Short Essay 30% Research Essay 50%
Assessment Related RequirementsTutorial attendance and participation is a requirement of this course. Only students who attend at least 80% of tutorials will qualify to pass the course unless documentation of a medical condition can be supplied. There will be opportunities to attend 'make up' tutorials (i.e. classes scheduled later in the week) if a class is missed.
All written work is to be submitted electronically via Canvas AND Turnitin (see below).
1. A 1,000-word analysis of a journal article (30%).
You will be required to answer questions related to a scholarly journal article. The list of texts to choose from will be posted on MyUni early in semester, together with PDFs of the articles themselves.
2. A 2,000-word research essay (50%).
Students will be required to write an essay on one of the revolutions covered by the course.
3. Quizzes (20%)
There will be quizzes which test factural understanding of the revolutions we study.
All assignments are to be submitted electronically via Turnitin on Canvas.
Students wishing to apply for an extension need to submit the relevant forms via the School Office.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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