Shock and Awe: A History of the Postmodern World
Step into the brave new world of post-modernity as you examine history from the late 20th century onwards. Begin with the fall of the Berlin Wall, then track the rise of neo-liberalism. Feel the war on terror’s shockwave that wracked the 21st century.
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- 24 Feb 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- Develop and critical thinking and analytical skills
- Identify and apply key historiographical concepts
- Build personal and communication skills through participation in seminar discussion
- Identify socially complex problems, formulate own questions, and work out paths of investigation/creative resolution
- Reflect on how you have analysed information and solved problems, and incorporate lessons learned into future work
- Treat information in an ethical manner
- Interpreting Postmodernity
- Modernity and Modernism
- The Critics of Postmodern Interpretation
- Michel Foucault's History of the Present
- Progress and Nature
- Postmodern War
- Postmodern Terror
- Postmodern Culture
- Postmodern Reflections on Modernity
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You should have studied some History or Politics at Level 1 and 2 before starting this subject.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as MHIX365 Shock and Awe: A History of the Postmodern World.
This subject 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 subject 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 subject considers a range of post-modernist historical texts, and texts which challenge these interpretations.
- Historiography Assignment (20%)
- Take home exam (25%)
- Participation (15%)
- Research Essay (40%)
Textbook information is pending.
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