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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this interdisciplinary subject we explore some of the most influential ideas in the history of the West including: freedom, imperialism, secularisation and the individual. The subject traces the origins of these ideas and their manifestation in the world today. It is delivered in small seminars, allowing you to work closely with fellow students and your academic seminar leader. This subject will help you identify and critically evaluate some of the central ideas underpinning public discussion on a range of political and cultural issues both contemporary and historical. It will provide you with a solid foundation of cultural knowledge, which will be invaluable as you continue your studies. The disciplines studied in this subject include: Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, English, History, Media and Communications, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, and Sustainability and Development.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesResearch Project,Group Project, Seminar Exercises

Capstone subjectNo

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

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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

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of core ideas and debates that have revolutionised societies.
02. Demonstrate research skills, including the ability to effectively access, and evaluate the quality of electronic and paper-based archival materials.
03. Practice critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills in academic tasks of reading, writing and public speaking.
04. Demonstrate effective communication skills through oral and written exercise.
05. Develop effective research and writing skills through a step-by-step writing process facilitated by academic mentors.
06. Work collaboratively to formulate an innovative response to a challenge to freedom in 21st Century Australia, forging partnerships and resolving complex problems creatively.

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