Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. recognise different disdegrees in disciplines and understand that disciplines have their own modes of inquiry, terminology and methodology;
  2. identify commonalities and differences among the disciplines concerning the interpretation of an historical event and social issue;
  3. identify, analyse and understand an argument concerning an historical event and/or social issue;
  4. discuss an historical event and an issue from the perspective of the major discipline areas covered in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities;
  5. present a cogent argument on an historical event and/or issue, demonstrating analytical thinking, research skills, the use of key terminology and appropriate referencing.
    • Topic 1: The individual and the community
    • Topic 2: Violence
    • Topic 3: Truth and representation
    • Topic 4: The good life
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MUR-SSH100


It is recommended that an SSK subject be completed before commencing this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject explores the power of ideas to change the world, focusing on their birth, transmission, evolution, and global impacts.

Through the study of selected themes, such as violence or the relationship between the individual and the community, students are introduced to the ideas and approaches central to the arts, social sciences and humanities, and are invited to reflect on competing moral and social arguments.

Writing and critical thinking skills are a core focus of the subject.

  • Response Paper: 600 words (20%)
  • Online Forum (15%)
  • Invigilated closed book exam (30%)
  • 1500 word essay (35%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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