Major - History and Political Thought

Western Sydney University Major Code: M1137.1

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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 intellectual inquiry. History and politics have always examined contentious issues. Students learn to deal with conflicting information, appreciate the different ways societies have resolved issues in the past and develop skills that enable them to become responsible and active citizens. The History and Political Thought major has four compulsory units which introduce the student to historical periods from the Ancient World to the 20th century, culminating in a capstone unit that discusses the development of historical methodology from ancient times to the present. The remaining four units can be selected from a pool that encompasses political thought and historical developments across time and space, enabling students to select fields of particular interest.

Major Structure

Students must complete eight units (80 credit points) as follows

Students must complete the following compulsory units

102766 Historical Methodologies
102814 History of the Ancient World
102000 Modern European History and Politics
102768 When Worlds Collide: European Empires and the World, c.1600-1950

Students must also complete four units from the following pools with a minimum of two units at Level 3.

Note: Not all Level 2 and 3 pool 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
101992 Religion and the Emergence of Modern Politics
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
102835 Catastrophe: The Environmental History of the Ancient World
102003 Comparative Nationalism
101799 Convicts and Settlers - Australian History 1788 - 1840
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
102842 History of the People's Republic of China
101988 Human Rights and Culture
101733 Looking at Global Politics Through Film
102861 Medieval Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation
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
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 Unit

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

102002 - Religion and the Origins of Modern Science

Equivalent Specialisation Unit

The Specialisation unit listed below count towards completion of this major for students who passed this unit in 2021 or earlier.

63178 - Social and Political Developments in Contemporary China

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