Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will explore the history of societal disruption, focusing on a series of case studies, dating back to antiquity. The subject traces the impact of technological innovations and the seismic social shifts they generated.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesIn-class assessment preparation tasks, Seminar Activities, Written Assessment and Research Project

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental historical trends that have revolutionised societies
02. Demonstrate research skills including the ability to effectively assess the quality of primary and secondary sources
03. Analyse relevant case studies of technological disruption
04. Practice effective written communication skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.50 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Seminar Activities (1000 words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO3

Written Assessment (1000 words equivalent) Students will be asked to prepare a case study that traces the impact of technological innovation on a particular society.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO4

Research Project (2000 words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4