Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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
  • Topics
    • Interpreting Postmodernity
    • Modernity and Modernism
    • The Critics of Postmodern Interpretation
    • Michel Foucault's History of the Present
    • Poststructuralism
    • Progress and Nature
    • Postmodern War
    • Postmodern Terror
    • Neo-Liberalism
    • Postmodern Culture
    • Postmodern Reflections on Modernity

Entry Requirements


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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. 

  • Assignment 1 - Historiography Assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Take home exam (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - Participation (15%)
  • Assignment 4 - Research Essay (40%)

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

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