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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Cross-cultural contact: rethinking colonial history
    • The legacies of slavery: a cross-cultural approach to world history
    • Pacific first contact: on the beach
    • Early Sydney: intercultural exchange
    • Sex and intermarriage: gender and race in the colonies
    • Performance and display: the case of Sara Baartman
    • Museums and exhibits: a cross-cultural history of things
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Quizzes

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Quizzes (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Review (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 4 - Essay 1 (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • GRF-HUM7461

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

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