Major - History and Political Thought

Western Sydney University Major Code: M1033.1

This version of the specialisation is available only to continuing or completing students.

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : YES, if the specialisation is available on your Home campus. Please ensure your course structure allows space for enrolment in the units in this unit set. Students must also meet any pre-requisite requirements. Consult your Course Advisor for further advice.

Since the revival of humanist studies in Renaissance Europe in the 15th century, universities have placed history and political thought at the heart of studies in the humanities. Through study of the political thought and social, political and cultural history of Australian, Asian and European societies, students gain knowledge and critical skills relevant to a variety of careers in education, government and non-governmental organizations. Study of the writings of political thinkers from ancient Greece and Rome, such as Plato and Cicero, and the early modern period, such as Hobbes and Machiavelli, to noted 19th century figures, such as Hegel and Marx, prepare students to engage with contemporary issues of governance, such as sovereignty, power, opportunity, property, civic freedom and social justice.


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Major Structure

Students would be eligible for this major having successfully completed 80 credit points with no less than three Level 3 units.

Students must complete the compulsory Level 1 unit

100873 Inventing Modernity


Not all units will be offered each year. Units will be offered on a rotational basis.

Level 1 unit pool

100848 Australian Politics
100868 Foundations of Modern Australia
101910 Global History
102000 Modern European History and Politics
101737 World Politics: An Introduction

Level 2 unit pool

101882 A History of Modern Global Buddhism
100244 Ancient Western Culture: Periclean Athens
101967 Cultural History of Books and Reading
100861 Empire: European Colonial Rule and its Subjects, 1750-1920
100869 Foundations of Modern Europe 1500-1800
100001 Keeping the Past
101843 Philosophy and Environment
101797 Political Terror
100904 Politics and Business in Asia
100277 Politics of Australia and Asia Relations
100882 Politics of Sex and Gender
101992 Religion and the Emergence of Modern Politics
102002 Religion and the Origins of Modern Science
63111 Special Topics in Asian and International Studies
101867 The Ethical Life
101404 The History of Modern Indonesia
101294 The Western Philosophical Tradition
101871 War
100293 War and Society: 20th Century Australia

Level 3 unit pool

400087 Applied Critical Methods
100966 American History, 1898-1945
102004 Australian Colonial History
100986 Australian History 1860-1920
100987 Australian History Since 1920
101919 Australian Indigenous History: From first contact to 'dying race'
101872 Australian Indigenous History from Federation to Reconciliation
100991 Citizenship Ancient and Modern
100852 Classics of Modern Philosophy
101799 Convicts and Settlers - Australian History 1788 - 1840
101249 Culture and Thought in Twentieth-Century China
100903 Democracy in Asia
102188 Dictators, Democrats and Dreamers: Indonesia 1942 to now
102007 Ethics in Historical Perspective
100254 Exploring Local History
100864 Europe in the Twentieth Century
102305 Food: A Cultural History
101674 Global Histories of Food
101735 Global Politics
102006 Histories of Crime and Punishment
100507 History of Modern China to 1949
102184 History of Muslim Civilisations and Ideas
101991 History of Sexuality
100961 Humanities Internship
100963 Interpreting Australia: Australian Historians and Historiography
101801 Interpreting Fascism
101823 Lay Participation in Justice Processes
101733 Looking at Global Politics Through Film
100271 Modern Japanese History
102343 Napoleon: the Making of a Legend
101665 Politics and Religion
100278 Politics of Post-War Japan
101985 Politics, Power and Resistance
102002 Religion and the Origins of Modern Science
63178 Social and Political Developments in Contemporary China
102187 Sultans, Colonists and Nationalists: Indonesia C1200-1942
101667 The External Relations of the European Union
101782 The History and Politics of Contemporary Central Asia
101783 The International Relations of the Middle East Since 1945
102001 Theories and Methods of History
101405 The Politics of Contemporary Indonesia
100969 Theories of Conflict and Violence
101831 Transport and the Making of the Modern World
101798 Understanding Freedom
101731 Understanding Power
101866 United States Government and Politics
102142 Warlords, Artists and Emperors: Power and Authority in Japanese History
101010 What is the Human?
101830 WWII in Asia and the Pacific

Please note:

The Level 2 and level 3 units listed below count towards completion of the major for students who may have passed units in the list in 2015 or earlier.

Level 2

100248 - Australian Labour History

101407 - Britian 1500 - 1800: Before Botany Bay

100852 - Classics of Modern Philosophy

100853 - Contemporary Australia

101543 - India: Global Contexts

100262 - India: History in the Making of a Nation

100878 - Meanings of a Commonwealth - English Political Ideas 1500 - 1800

101972 - The History of Modern Indonesia

100892 - The Westminster System: England’s Constitutional Culture

Level 3

101295 - Aesthetics

100957 - Alternative Histories: The State and Civil Society in Australian History

100985 - American Foreign Policy Since 1945

100966 - American History, 1898-1945

102079 - Britain in the Age of Botany Bay, c1770-1840

100991 - Citizenship Ancient and Modern

100992 - Communication: Power and Practice

102003 - Comparative Nationalism

100860 - Emotions, Culture and Community

101974 - Enlightenment and Revolution

100863 - Ethical Cultures (replaced by 102007 - Ethics in Historical Perspective)

100864 - Europe in the Twentieth Century

101844 - Feminist Theories

101988 - Human Rights and Culture

100963 - Interpreting Australia: Australian Historians and Historiography

100875 - Literature and Philosophy

100275 - Philosophies of Love and Death

100879 - Philosophy Today

100908 - Race Politics

100284 - Special Topics in Australian History

100887 - Sport and Australian History

102005 - The Politics of Civilisation

101405 - The Politics of Contemporary Indonesia

101913 - Theories of Authority

101999 - Twentieth Century Australia

101375 - War and Peace

101993 - War and Society in the Twentieth Century

100971 - Which New World Order?

100894 - World War 1

101830 - WWII in Asia and the Pacific

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