Cross-Cultural World History - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit investigates the experience of colonisation from both sides of contact (c.1700-1950) and in light of cross-cultural exchanges involving gender and sexuality, trade, travel narratives, conflict and law, and intercultural exchanges between coloniser and colonised. It will cover a range of historical case studies and approaches to cross-cultural contact in world history including in the New World, Australasia and the Pacific and North America, and through applying recent theories of 'contact', space and bodies; the transnational circulation of ideas, people and things; and the place of intercultural exchange in the broader context of colonial violence.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify the central aims and objectives of cross-cultural history
  2. understand the place of cross-cultural history in world historical context
  3. recognise and compare the complexities and varieties within specific contact histories
  4. place the history of cross-cultural contact with the larger frameworks of transnational, imperial and colonial history
  5. apply ways of thinking about contact and cross-cultural exchange to rethinking world history
  6. employ analytical thinking skills and reflect critically and ethically on the above issues
  7. analyse, evaluate and synthesise a range of historical images and texts
  8. develop sustained, logical and informed arguments about the dynamics of cross-cultural world history
  9. appreciate and evaluate the variety of approaches to cross-cultural world history
  10. draw on a knowledge of history to understand the complexities and dynamics shaping, forging and limiting cross-cultural exchange.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Review (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HUM7461 — Cross-Cultural World History
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Cross-cultural contact: rethinking colonial history
2The legacies of slavery: a cross-cultural approach to world history
3Pacific first contact: on the beach
4Early Sydney: intercultural exchange
5Sex and intermarriage: gender and race in the colonies
6Performance and display: the case of Sara Baartman
7Museums and exhibits: a cross-cultural history of things

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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