Prerequisites: none

Semester 1

Myth, legend and history

History is a way of telling stories that convey meaning. From Ancient Greece and Britain come some of the best-loved stories in history.

Achilles, Helen and Troy, Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere – all have captivated attention through centuries of time. In this subject, we study some particular stories and consider the evidence for their origins in oral and written text, poetry and prose, material objects, buildings and artworks, and we trace their endurance in western European culture. We examine the power of myth and legend and explore archaeological evidence to see if there are links between stories from the past, our own culture today, and the writing of history.

Duration: weekly

  • 1 hour tutorial
  • two 1 hour lectures (available online)
  • one online discussion forum via padlet.

Semester 2

Ideas that shook the world

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. This subject addresses the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential by asking you to think creatively, work collaboratively, and respond to real-world scenarios and issues in 21st Century Australia.

Duration: weekly

  • 2 hour seminar blended mode
  • 1 hour online activity