Sub-major - History and Political Thought

Western Sydney University Sub-major Code: SM1072.1

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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 thought in the Renaissance, universities have placed studies in history and political thought at the centre of exploring what it is to be human. At the heart of the History and Political Thought sub-major are two compulsory units which introduce the student to the modern (since 1500) history of humanity. Although Europe is very prominent in the sub-major, the student will be invited to compare its history to the histories of Asia, Africa and the Americas. The sub-major culminates in a capstone unit in students’ final semester discussing historical theories and methods. A wide range of elective units covers European, American, Australian and Asian history and political thought and includes thematic units which range widely over time and place.

Sub-major Structure

To complete a sub-major in History and Political Thought, students must successfully complete 40 credit points from the units listed below.

Choose at least two of the following four 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
102766 Historical Methodologies

Important Note: To meet NESA subject area teaching requirements students who wish to teach modern history 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 also strongly recommended that students select at least one Australian history unit.

Additional units to complete the sub-major can be chosen from the above four units, or from the following Level 2 and 3 unit pools.

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
101967 Cultural History of Books and Reading
100001 Keeping the Past
101797 Political Terror
100882 Politics of Sex and Gender
102002 Religion and the Origins of Modern Science
101867 The Ethical Life
101912 Western Political Philosophy

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
102479 Cultures of Crime and Punishment
100903 Democracy in Asia
102188 Dictators, Democrats and Dreamers: Indonesia 1942 to now
101974 Enlightenment and Revolution
102007 Ethics in Historical Perspective
100254 Exploring Local History
102305 Food: A Cultural History
102520 From Vindication to Liberation: A Comparative History of Feminism
101735 Global Politics
102734 History of Religion
101991 History of Sexuality
100507 History of Modern China to 1949
102184 History of Muslim Civilisations and Ideas
101988 Human Rights and Culture
101733 Looking at Global Politics Through Film
100271 Modern Japanese History
102495 Mystical Islam: The Emergence of Sufism in World History
102343 Napoleon: the Making of a Legend
102493 Philosophy of History
100278 Politics of Post-War Japan
101985 Politics, Power and Resistance
63178 Social and Political Developments in Contemporary China
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
102005 The Politics of Civilisation
101913 Theories of Authority
100969 Theories of Conflict and Violence
101999 Twentieth Century Australia
101798 Understanding Freedom
101731 Understanding Power
101866 United States Government and Politics
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
101010 What is the Human?

Equivalent Specialisation Units

The Level 2 and Level 3 units listed below count towards completion of the major for students who successfully completed the units in 2015 or earlier.

Level 2

100248 - Australian Labour History

101407 - Britain 1500-1800: Before Botany Bay

100852 - Classics of Modern Philosophy

100853 - Contemporary Australia

100869 - Foundations of Modern Europe 1500-1800

101543 - India: Global Contexts

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

101843 - Philosophy and Environment

100904 - Politics and Business in Asia

100277 - Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

101972 - The History of Modern Indonesia

101294 - The Western Philosophical Tradition

100892 - The Westminster System: England’s Constitutional Culture

101871 - War

101737 - World Politics: An Introduction

Level 3

101295 - Aesthetics

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

100987 - Australian History since 1920

100991 - Citizenship Ancient and Modern

100992 - Communication: Power and Practice

101249 - Culture and Thought in Twentieth-Century China

100860 - Emotions, Culture and Community

100864 - Europe in the Twentieth Century

101844 - Feminist Theories

101674 - Global Histories of Food

100963 - Interpreting Australia: Australian Historians and Historiography

102006 - Histories of Crime and Punishment

101801 - Interpreting Fascism

101823 - Lay Participation in Justice Processes (replaced by 102006)

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

101667 - The External Relations of the European Union

101405 - The Politics of Contemporary Indonesia

101831 - Transport and the Making of the Modern World

101375 - War and Peace

100971 - Which New World Order?

100894 - World War 1

The Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 units listed below count towards completion of the major for students who successfully completed the units in 2019 or earlier.

Level 1

101910 - Global History

Level 2

101973 - Australian Politics

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

Level 3

100961 - Humanities Internship

102522 - International Study Tours

102001 - Theories and Methods of History

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