HIS101: Western Societies from Antiquity to the Present


HIS101: Western Societies from Antiquity to the Present

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Diploma of Liberal Arts
Unit typeCore unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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This unit of study presents a broad introduction to the study of history and the context of Western history. It examines several approaches to historical inquiry and examples of the ways in which those approaches have been put into practice. The periods, people and themes studied include Ancient Greece, Alexander the Great, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and Marxism. Each of these topics introduces students to new themes in Western history and new methodologies in historical inquiry.


Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable students to:

  1. identify some of the major historical events which have influenced the development of Western culture;
  2. identify and assess the methods and models used in historical inquiry;
  3. appreciate the distinctive characteristics of Christianity in key historical periods and demonstrate the historical relationship between Christianity and Western culture;
  4. develop an ability to summarise and communicate historical and historiographical concepts in a logical and coherent manner;
  5. develop a capacity for effective essay writing, including clear written expression, concise logical essay structure, and the appropriate use of referencing and bibliography in accordance with academic conventions;
  6. strengthen confidence and skills to participate in group work and tutorial events by undertaking required readings and contributing with clarity and coherence.



Interested in other History units?

HIS101: Western Societies from Antiquity to the Present
HIS102: The Ancient World – From the Birth of Greek Rationalism to the Crisis of the Roman Republic
HIS203: The Early Church and the Roman Empire – From the Principate of Augustus to the Reign of Justinian
HIS204: The Medieval World
HIS301: Topics in Twentieth-Century History
HIS302: Australian Politics, Culture and Religion since 1788
HIS303: Humanists and Reformers – The Renaissance
HIS304: Enlightenment Europe and the Creation of the Modern World



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