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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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 should have studied some History or Politics at Level 1 and 2 before starting this subject.
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.
- Historiography Assignment (20%)
- Take home exam (25%)
- Participation (15%)
- Research Essay (40%)