Sub-major - Modern History

Western Sydney University Sub-major Code: SM1134.1

Related Courses

1652.8 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)
1823.4 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) Dean's Scholars
6021.3 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

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.

Modern History includes the studies of societies, states and cultures since the Middle Ages and equivalent periods elsewhere. It provides important insights into the nature of the modern world, and into the origins of the features of modern life we now think of as ‘global’. Modern History is an important teaching area for students heading into for Secondary Teaching: the purpose of this major is to group together all of the units which count as Modern History for the purposes of the Master of Teaching program and the Institute of Teaching. Successful completion of the modern History sub-major will count as a second teaching area for Secondary Teaching. Note that there is a wider list of history units available in the History and Political Thought sub-major.

Sub-major Structure

Students must complete 40 credit points as follows

102766 Historical Methodologies

Choose one unit from the following Level 1 and Level 2 foundation units

102768 When Worlds Collide: European Empires and the World, c.1600-1950
102000 Modern European History and Politics
101992 Religion and the Emergence of Modern Politics

And two additional units chosen from the following Level 2 and Level 3 unit pools.

Important Note:

To meet NESA subject area teaching requirements students completing the sub major must include one unit of Ancient History. This may be attained by approved cross-institutional study, by completing the level 3 unit 102492 Catastrophe: The Environmental History of the Ancient and Modern World, or by completing the level 2 unit 100244 Ancient Western Culture: Periclean Athens. It is strongly recommended that the fourth unit for the sub-major be an Australian history unit.

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

Level 2 Unit Pool

101882 A History of Modern Global Buddhism
100244 Ancient Western Culture: Periclean Athens
100001 Keeping the Past
102002 Religion and the Origins of Modern Science

Level 3 Unit Pool

100985 American Foreign Policy Since 1945
100966 American History, 1898-1945
102004 Australian Colonial History
102516 Australian History Around Us
101872 Australian Indigenous History from Federation to Reconciliation
101919 Australian Indigenous History: From first contact to 'dying race'
102079 Britain in the Age of Botany Bay, 1760-1815
102492 Catastrophe: The Environmental History of the Ancient and Modern World
102003 Comparative Nationalism
101799 Convicts and Settlers - Australian History 1788 - 1840
102188 Dictators, Democrats and Dreamers: Indonesia 1942 to now
101974 Enlightenment and Revolution
100254 Exploring Local History
102305 Food: A Cultural History
102520 From Vindication to Liberation: A Comparative History of Feminism
100507 History of Modern China to 1949
102184 History of Muslim Civilisations and Ideas
100271 Modern Japanese History
102343 Napoleon: the Making of a Legend
102187 Sultans, Colonists and Nationalists: Indonesia C1200-1942
101782 The History and Politics of Contemporary Central Asia
102491 The History of Southeast Asia
101783 The International Relations of the Middle East Since 1945
101999 Twentieth Century Australia
102423 War
101993 War and Society in the Twentieth Century
102142 Warlords, Artists and Emperors: Power and Authority in Japanese History
101830 WWII in Asia and the Pacific

Replaced Units

The units listed below count towards completion of this specialisation for students who passed this unit in 2019 or earlier.

100254 - Exploring Local History

100861 - Empire: European Colonial Rule and its Subjects 1750-1920

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