Shock and Awe: A History of the Postmodern World - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Historiography Assignment (20%) , Non-Invigilated Exam - Take home exam (25%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00
This unit explores the historical shift from modernity to post-modernity underway since the late twentieth century, tracing: the history of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the emergence of the neo-liberal culture of enterprise that has characterised the global economy since the 1990s; the tension between notions of progress and their environmental consequences; and the nature of war and terror in the post-modern world. The unit also considers how post-modernity manifests in culture and the historical context of these cultural expressions. Post-modernism is explored as a manifestation of the historical shift to post-modernity, and the unit considers a range of post-modernist historical texts, and texts which challenge these interpretations. 
At the completion of this unit students will:
  1. Develop and critical thinking and analytical skills
  2. Identify and apply key historiographical concepts
  3. Build personal and communication skills through participation in seminar discussion
  4. Identify socially complex problems, formulate own questions, and work out paths of investigation/creative resolution
  5. Reflect on how you have analysed information and solved problems, and incorporate lessons learned into future work
  6. Treat information in an ethical manner
  • Assignment — Historiography Assignment (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take home exam (25%)
  • Participation (15%)
  • Research Essay (40%)

You should have studied some History or Politics at Level 1 and 2 before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Interpreting Postmodernity
2Modernity and Modernism
3The Critics of Postmodern Interpretation
4Michel Foucault¿s History of the Present
6Progress and Nature
7Postmodern War
8Postmodern Terror
10Postmodern Culture
11Postmodern Reflections on Modernity

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