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Age of Extremes, 1929-1968 (HIS301)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Takes as its central theme the global turmoil of the mid-20th century, ranging from the onset of the Great Depression in 1929 through to the populist political and social revolutions of 1968. The political events and social changes of this period form the platform for students to engage in a substantial supervised research project based upon primary source. Introduces students to techniques of original historical research through the discovery, critical analysis and application of a range of source materials.
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 Workshop/seminar: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The organisation of this unit is founded upon a large degree of self-directed learning, with internal students participating in seminars and external students engaged in online discussions. Students will be supported with extensive guidance and opportunities for individual consultation with the Unit Coordinator, but will be expected to identify their own research topic, to frame their research question and to undertake independent research in primary sources. Unit assessment is framed around the steps involved to complete the research project. The unit is based around a series of weekly seminars for internal students. For external students, besides recordings of the weekly seminar sessions, there will be contributions to on-line forums and discussion threads as well as the opportunity to participate with the Unit Coordinator directly via two online 'webinars'.
Assessment Independent History Project; Seminar Participation / Online Discussion; 'Work-in-progress' presentation; 'Work-in-progress' report
Prerequisites Students must have previously completed at least one History (HIS) unit at 200 level in order to enroll in this unit.
Exclusions None.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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History (BA)
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors 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
Professor Michael Sturma
Professor - History

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2857
e: M.Sturma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.014 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Professor Michael Sturma
Professor - History

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2857
e: M.Sturma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.014 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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