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The Empire Strikes Back: Imperialism and Colonialism in Modern History (HIS200)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will extend and apply learning gained through the completion of the first-year History units.
Students will consider:
* Different conceptual approaches to interpreting the past
* How the past contributes to shaping the present
* Interpretation of primary and secondary sources
* Methodological and ethical conventions of historians.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
2. Identify and interpret a wide variety of secondary and primary materials.
3. Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
4. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
5. Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will introduce students to broad scholarly trends relevant to the subject matter of the unit, and to important contextual information. In tutorials, students have the opportunity to discuss critical issues relating to the subject area, and to practise interpreting primary and secondary sources. Assessment tasks allow students to develop their skills in historical analysis and explore topics of particular interest.
Assessment Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills of historical interpretation and expression through two written assignments and a final examination. Internal students are also assessed on their tutorial participation. Percentages of total grade for each are: first assignment 20% (internal), 20% (external) ; second assignment 35% (internal), 40% (external); and final exam 35% (internal), 40% (external); tutorial participation 10% (internal students only).
Prerequisites HIS181 Introduction to History and HIS182 Turning Points in History or HIS182 Making of the Modern World.
Previously 2015: 'Approaches to History'; 2014: 'History, Society and Culture'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
History (BA)
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors History
Appears in these Minors Modern History
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Arjun Subrahmanyan
Lecturer (South East Asian History)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6219
e: A.Subrahmanyan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.008 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Arjun Subrahmanyan
Lecturer (South East Asian History)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6219
e: A.Subrahmanyan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.008 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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