History

Unit outlines will be available through Find a unit outline two weeks before the first day of teaching for 1000-level and 5000-level units, or one week before the first day of teaching for all other units.
 

History

Major

A major in History requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level units
(iii) a minimum of 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iii) a maximum of 12 credit points of 3000-level selective units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project units

Minor

A minor in History requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level core or selective units

1000 level units of study

HSTY1001 History Workshop

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week, 1x1hr lecture/week Assessment: 1x1000wd source-based assessment (20%), 1x500wd essay proposal (10%), 1x500wd essay plan (10%), 1x2500wd essay (45%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
A new British empire emerges from a year of scandals on the southern tip of Africa. Maori debate conscription in World War I. Shanghai erupts in protest and repression in 1927. The Great Depression re-shapes race relations in Sydney. In this unit you study a significant episode in history in a semester-long seminar with an expert in the field. This experience introduces you to key aspects of historical thinking that have broad applications: evidence, change, and context.
HSTY1002 Age of Empires

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 6x 500 wds (3000wds total) Short paper (50%), 1x 1500 wds Exam (40%), x Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you will develop the analytical skills to understand historical change. We will examine political, economic, social and cultural trends in a range of regions across a large span of time, c. 1000-1750 AD. Topics covered include Christianity and Islam, varieties of states and empires, and political transformations. We will examine the significance of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment, and consider what these episodes look like in a global context.
HSTY1003 Birth of the Present: The world since 1750

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 6x 500 wds (3000wds total) Short paper (50%), 1x 1500 wds Exam (40%), x Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Enlightenment and oppression, colonisation and decolonisation, the making and unmaking of nation states and the forging and unravelling of global relationships: the history of the modern world is a history of contradiction, crisis, despair and optimism. Linking social, cultural, political, environmental and economic histories in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia, this unit poses the question: what, in these different places, did it mean to be modern?
HSTY1004 History Workshop: Premodern

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week, 1x1hr lecture/week Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x500wd Essay plan (10%), 1x500wd Essay proposal (10%), 1x1000wd Source-based assessment (20%), Participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Jerusalem during the first Crusade. Paris the year Louis XIV took the throne. The birth of the ghetto in Venice. In this unit you study a significant episode in medieval or early modern history in a semester-long seminar with an expert in the field. You'll develop skills in assessing evidence and understanding events and issues in context.
HSTY1005 History Workshop: Modern/Contemporary

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week, 1x1hr lecture/week Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x500wd Essay plan (10%), 1x500wd Essay proposal (10%), 1x1000wd Source-based assessment (20%), Participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Parisians at the dawn of the twentieth century re-make art, politics, and sexuality. A hunger strike at a supermax prison in California in 2013 spirals into a coordinated protest against mass incarceration. In this unit you study a moment in history that has a bearing on the world we live in today in a semester-long seminar with an expert in the field. You'll develop skills in assessing evidence and understanding events and issues in context.
HSTY1006 History Workshop: Americas

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week, 1x1hr lecture/week Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x500wd Essay plan (10%), 1x500wd Essay proposal (10%), 1x1000wd Source-based assessment (20%), Participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
New York at the end of slavery. Chicago during the protests of 1968. Charleston, South Carolina, as the revolution teeters on the brink of collapse when British forces inflict one of the worst defeats on rebellious colonists and threaten to retake all of the American south. In this unit you study a significant episode in American history in a semester-long seminar with an expert in the field. You'll develop skills in assessing evidence and understanding events and issues in context.
HSTY1007 History Workshop: Europe

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week, 1x1hr lecture/week Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x500wd Essay plan (10%), 1x500wd Essay proposal (10%), 1x1000wd Source-based assessment (20%), Participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Hague at a pivotal moment in the history of human rights. Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee as a window onto the British empire near the peak of its global influence. In this unit you study a significant episode in European history in a semester-long seminar with an expert in the field. You'll develop skills in assessing evidence and understanding events and issues in context.
HSTY1023 Emerging Giant: The Making of America

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: HSTY2634 Assessment: 1x500wd document assignment (15%) and 1x2000wd research paper (40%) and 1x2000wd exam (35%) and tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Touching down on the shores of the 'New World', the first European colonists imagined the creation of an earthly paradise. But their mission soon floundered in the face of internal dissenters and alien cultures pursuing their own ideals. Fierce clashes between regions, races, social groups and other nations have marked American history ever since. Exploring the origins and outcomes of these contests from first settlement onward, this unit charts America's emergence onto the world scene in the nineteenth century.
HSTY1044 Twentieth-Century Europe

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: HSTY1043 Assessment: 1x500wd essay outline (10%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2hr exam (40%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit surveys Europe's twentieth century, examining the First World War, the Russian Revolution, fascism, the cultural ferment of the interwar years, the Second World War and the Holocaust, European empires and decolonization, Cold War culture and politics, and European unification. The transformations of the twentieth century took place in many different spheres of human existence and this unit introduces students to some of the varieties of history and the diverse ways historians approach the past.
HSTY1089 Introduction to Australian History

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Intensive June Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x2hr final exam (50%), 2x1250wd short essays (40%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit introduces students to Australian history from the convict period to the present, examining frontier violence, the making of a nation state, and the manifold transformations of the twentieth century. Taking advantage of the university's location, the unit uses Sydney-area museums and site visits to bring Australia's past to life.
INGS1004 The Making of the Global Order

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2r lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 8x 200 (1600wds total) Lecture reading posts (25%), 1x 900 Draft introduction (25%), 1x 2000 Take home exam-essay (40%), x Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit studies globalisation since the early modern period by tracing the gradual and uneven emergence of the world as a semi-integrated economic and political unit constituted first by empires and semi-autonomous zones, and then by nation-states, held together loosely by global institutions and international agreements.

2000 level units of study

HSTY2606 China's Last Dynasty: The Great Qing

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points of History or 12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies Prohibitions: HSTY2006 Assessment: 1x500wd source analysis (5%), 1x500wd essay proposal (5%), 1x2500wd research essay (45%), 1x1000wd take-home exercise (30%), tutorial participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit studies the Qing Dynasty from its founding in 1644 to the last emperor's abdication in 1912. At its height the Qing was a flourishing empire; its military campaigns created the map of China today; an agricultural revolution saw the population boom and the court drew scholars from around the world. Yet in the nineteenth century foreign gunships and domestic rebellions threw the empire into crisis. An analysis of that crisis is crucial to our understanding of China today.
HSTY2607 Palestine, Israel and the Middle East

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000-level in History, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Arabic Language and Culture or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture or ARBC3615 Prohibitions: JCTC2008 or GOVT2772 Assessment: 5x200wd lecture posts (15%), 2x750wd film review (30%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (45%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides a historical grounding in the region of the Middle East and its conflicts. It identifies the causes of conflict and attempted avenues for peace, as well the politicised scholarship on the subject. The unit commences in the Ottoman period, and includes the emergence of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, colonial interests, the role of diasporas, and subsequent geopolitical developments until the present day. It covers political, social, and cultural history, and takes account not only of the official narratives but also of the voices from below. Visual arts, film, and literary texts will be considered as part of the historical narratives about Israel and Palestine.
HSTY2608 European Film and History

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr film screening/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Jewish Civilisation, Though and Culture Prohibitions: HSTY2008 Assessment: 2x1250wd short essays (40%), 1x2hr final exam (50%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Taking European cinema over the past 100 years as its focus, this unit examines films in which directors confront the legacies of Europe's dramatic and traumatic twentieth century as well as overtly historical films that transform ideas about the past.
HSTY2609 African-American History and Culture

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies Assessment: 1x500wd essay proposal and bibliography (10%), 1x2500wd research essay (45%), 1x1.5hr exam (35%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
From fashion, food and music to speech patterns and protest methods, African-American culture has had a profound effect both on America and the wider world. In this unit we survey race relations after the end of slavery, focusing on the emergence of black communities across the North and South, the spread of black music, literature and film, the history of the civil rights and black power movements and the role of race in the contemporary America.
HSTY2611 America in World Affairs: A History

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or American Studies Assessment: 1x3000wd essay (60%), 1x1500wd historiography assignment (30%) and tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines the ideas and ideological assumptions that have shaped America's approach to the world from the Revolution until the presidency of Barack Obama. It explores how the leading politicians and policymakers in Washington have projected power overseas, and how their decisions have played out in the public sphere. Key topics include: isolationism and internationalism; Communism and the Cold War; the challenge of unipolarity; terrorism; and the underlying historical forces shaping US policy, especially American national mythology.
HSTY2613 Russia's Revolutions: 1905 to Present

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12cp at 1000 level History units Assessment: 1x250wd essay proposal (5%), 1x250wd bibliography (5%), 1x2500wd research essay (45%), 1x1500wd take-home exercise (35%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course surveys the history of the revolutionary project in Russia from the first clash with tsarism in 1905 through the twin revolutions of 1917, Stalin's dictatorship and World War II, and the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Out of the Russian empire, the Bolsheviks claimed to be building a new socialist utopia: a scene of radical social and cultural experimentation. How successful were they and what legacy have they left for the post-Soviet world?
HSTY2616 The Human Rights Revolution

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in History or Ancient History or Asian Studies Assessment: 1x1000wd Bibliography and Proposal (15%), 1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x1hr Exam (30%), Tutorial participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What accounts for the spectacular rise of human rights movements and norms from 1945 to the present? This unit investigates the causes and consequences of this radical global transformation in transnational activism, foreign policy and international law. The first portion of the unit explores the early history of natural rights, minority rights, women's rights and humanitarianism. The second portion examines the impact of domestic politics, gender politics and geopolitics on the postwar 'human rights revolution'.
HSTY2618 The Age of the Crusades

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000-level in History or Ancient History Prohibitions: HSTY2018 Assessment: 1x500wd research bibliography (10%), 1x500wd Essay outline (10%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the history of the high medieval Mediterranean world during the Crusades era (c1050-c1300). Topics include the struggle for influence between the Latin West, Byzantium and Islam, and the multi-faceted social, economic and cultural contacts connecting the regions of the Great Sea.
HSTY2626 Fascism and Antifascism

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points in History or Ancient History or Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture Prohibitions: HSTY2026 Assessment: 1x2500wd research essay (50%) and 1x1000wd tutorial paper (20%) and 1x1hr formal exam (20%) and tutorial participation (10%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will examine the origins and development of the movements of the New Right that emerged in Europe after World War One paying particular attention to their political, social and cultural manifestations as well as the movements on the left that attempted to confront what was seen as a new political phenomenon. The unit will use primary material of literature, diaries, cinema and photography as well as the more conventional sources of political and historical analysis.
HSTY2630 Panics and Pandemics

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1 hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in the History major or 6 credit points at 1000 level from the History major and 6 credit points at 1000 level from the (Sociology or Social Policy or Gender Studies or Cultural Studies or International Relations or English or Art History or Studies in Religion or History and Philosophy of Science) majors Assessment: 1x1000wd paper, 1x500wd research essay outline and bibliography, 1x3000wd research essay Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What is a panic and how does it spread? This unit explores contagious fears and fear of contagion through the ages. From Black Death to Covid-19, the spread of infectious diseases has tapped deeper fears and paralleled earlier panics, whether of apocalypse and eternal punishment, foreign invasion or domestic subversion, disaster or vice. This unit places outbreaks of feverish fear into historical context, exploring dubious cures, measured responses and drastic reactions that fall unevenly on vulnerable populations.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
HSTY2631 Sin City? A History of Sydney

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Socio-legal Studies Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial paper (10%), 1x250wd Research essay bibliography (5%), 1x250wd Research essay outline (5%), 1x2500wd Research essay (40%), 1x1hr exam (30%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
From its beginnings as a convict colony, Sydney had to deal with an unsavoury reputation. This course explores the history of the city we live in, its people and its places. Distinct communities and neighbourhoods emerged as battles were fought over who belonged in Sydney, and how they should behave. Topics include Aboriginal resistance, convict scandals, poverty and plague, the 'Razor Gang Wars', Mardi Gras protests, the 'Emerald City' excesses of the 1980s, and the Croa riots.
HSTY2640 Twentieth-Century China

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points each in either History or Asian Studies Prohibitions: HSTY3071 or HSTY3072 Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial paper (10%), 1x250wd research bibliography (5%), 1x250wd Essay outline (5%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In the 1920s, China was likened to a sleeping lion - one whose roar would shake the world when it awoke. This prediction has already proved true more than once. Why was China ever said to be "asleep"? How did a whole nation awaken, to what, and with what results? This unit of study traces the forces of nationalism and revolution through China's tumultuous twentieth century. We focus upon making sense, in Chinese terms, of events that outsiders have found baffling.
HSTY2642 Beyond The Great Wall: China's Frontiers

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points of History) or (12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies) Assessment: 1x250wd quiz (5%), 1x250wd Essay bibliography (5%), 1x250wd Essay outline (5%), 1x2250wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (35%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The relationship between China and neighbouring peoples such as the Mongols and Tibetans is one of the great themes in Chinese history. This unit explores Chinese ideas about the "barbarian", the relationship between nomadic and sedentary societies, and the influence of trade and migration on culture and religion in China. The unit will look at non-Chinese dynasties such as the Mongol Yuan and the Manchu Qing, and examine the place of the "ethnic minorities" in China's modern transformations.
HSTY2647 Renaissance Italy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points each in either History or Ancient History Prohibitions: HSTY2047 Assessment: 1x500wd bibliography (10%), 1x500wd essay outline (10%), 1x2500wd essay (50%), 1x1hr exam (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit uses a special study of Florence to investigate the extraordinary cultural flowering that occurred in Italy between the 14th and 16th centuries. Major themes embrace parallel developments in Venice, Rome, Siena and other city-states, the social context of art, neighbourhood, community, gender, sexuality, the family, poverty, rebellion, religion, and intellectual life. Students use a wide variety of textual and visual sources to critique the concept of the Renaissance, its modern image and its impact on our own age.
HSTY2648 Australian History on Screen

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Participation (10%), 1x2hrs Exam (50%), 2x1250wd Short essays (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores cinema that depicts Australian history and its impact on thinking about the nation's past. Periods and genres include colonial melodrama, Ealing Studio's 'Australian Westerns', the nationalist new wave of the 1960s and 1970s, and the recent work of Indigenous filmmakers.
HSTY2652 Genocide in Historical Perspective

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Jewish Civilisation Thought and Culture Assessment: 1x1000wd essay draft (20%), 1x2000wd research essay (40%), 1x1500wd take-home exercise (30%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Under what conditions do genocides occur? What motivates their perpetrators? And how do societies recover from their genocidal past? This unit traces the history of genocide across the modern era. We will compare incidents around the globe and their aftermaths to determine how they may be related to one another.
HSTY2654 Pacific Ties: Australia, China, America

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History or (completion of 24 credit points) Assessment: Participation (15%), 1x10 minutes Tutorial presentation (15%), 1x2500wd Research essay (40%), 1x1000wd Tutorial paper (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit will be delivered in Guilin, China. Additional travel-related costs will apply.
This unit traces dynamics between race, labour, migration, trade and diplomacy in US-Chinese-Australian relations. It examines the promises and perils of using history to inform contemporary debates on the triangular relationship.
HSTY2656 A House Divided: The American Civil War

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies Assessment: 1x500wd essay proposal (10%) and 1x2000wd research essay (40%) and 1x2000wd take-home exam (35%) and tutorial participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Civil War had momentous consequences for America - realigning the nation's political culture, ending slavery and forever transforming millions of lives. This unit analyses the social, cultural and political history of the Civil War and Reconstruction. We begin by looking at combat experience, civilian mobilization and state formation, the war's effects on gender and race relations and the causes for Reconstruction's failure, and we end by focusing on how and why this war continues to resonate in American culture.
HSTY2659 American Slavery

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in the History major Prohibitions: HSTY2059 Assessment: 1x500wd essay proposal (10%), 1x3000wd essay (50%), take-home exercises (30%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit traces the history of slavery in the New World, from the 16th century to its eventual abolition in the 19th. We'll begin in Africa and with the slave trade itself, and devote most attention to the British colonies and then the United States, but we will place events there in a broader hemispheric context, paying attention to Saint Domingue, Cuba, Brazil. How much of slave life can a historian recover? How important was slavery in the economic development of the US? What role does the memory of slavery play in American culture?
HSTY2666 American Revolutions

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1 hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points in History or 12 junior credit points in Ancient History or AMST1001 and HSTY1023 or HSTY1076 Prohibitions: HSTY2066 Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial paper (15%), 1x3000wd research paper (45%), 1x1000wd take-home exercise (30%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Dr Michael McDonnell
This unit will explore the series of rebellions, wars, independence movements and revolutions that rocked the Atlantic World between 1750 and 1825. Though we will focus on the American Revolution in particular, we will put that event in a larger Atlantic context from the Native American resistance movements of the 1750s and 1760s through to the Spanish American independence movements of the early nineteenth century. We will also explore connections with the Haitian and French Revolutions and slave rebellions more generally.
HSTY2677 Australia: Politics and Nation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History Assessment: 1x1000wd short paper on research skills (20%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x1hr exam (30%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the intersection between political culture and nationalism in Australia with particular attention to the question of when and if Australia became an independent nation. It examines the content and character of British race patriotism in Australia before 1945 and the gradual unravelling of this British myth in the postwar period. Among other issues the unit explores the end of White Australia, the rise of multiculturalism, engagement with Asia, Aboriginal reconciliation and republicanism.
HSTY2681 Colonialism in Modern Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies Assessment: one 2000 word essay, one tutorial activity, one 1500 word exam Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In modern times, Asia represented a major terrain for expansion by such powers as Britain, France, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States. This inter-disciplinary unit explores and compares the policies, practices, and experiences of colonial powers in Asia. Themes may include the ideological justification of empires; military and political control; the construction of colonial knowledge; the cultures of empires; inter-ethnic relations; economic, medical and urban policies; gender and sexuality; opposition to imperialism; and the heritage of empire.
HSTY2693 Frontier Violence in Modern Memory

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or Ancient History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Indigenous Studies Assessment: 1x500wd proposal and bibliography (10%), 1x1500wd exam (30%), 1x2500wd research essay (50%), in-class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The myth of the frontier is a foundation stone of national identity in the United States, where it gave birth to a global film genre, the Western. In Australia where history wars are waged over the level of violence and the legality of colonial expansion, the very existence of a frontier is disputed rather than romanticised. This unit compares the significance of the frontier in each country's history and popular memory from the perspective of both settlers and indigenous peoples.
HSTY2698 Free Speech: An International History

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points of History or Ancient History Assessment: 1x1000wd dossier analysis (20%), 1x2000wd essay (45%), 1x1.5hr exam (25%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines political, legal and cultural struggles over freedom of expression since the late eighteenth century. We will examine how concepts of freedom of speech and freedom of the press have changed over time. In the process we will explore changing ideas about citizenship and about the effects of words and ideas. The unit ranges over Australia, South Africa, India, France and Russia with special attention to Britain and the United States.
HSTY2700 What Do We Want? Protest in Australia

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial /week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points in HSTY or ANHS Assessment: 1x750wd essay outline (10%), 1x2250wd research essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit follows Australian protest movements across the last century. We will examine struggles over labour rights and working conditions in the 1900s, women's suffrage, Aboriginal land rights, race relations and the White Australia Policy, homelessness during the Great Depression, freedom of speech during the Cold War, the Vietnam Moratorium and sexual liberation in the 1970s, the environmental movement, refugees and asylum seekers, and LGBT rights today. In the process we will explore changing ideas about government, community and identity while conducting individual research projects through local archives.
HSTY2701 Spies in the Archive

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial paper (15%), 1x2500wd research essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (35%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Historians love spies whose clandestine collection of information in the service of states and as a weapon of war has created irresistible archival records. This course traces the history culture and changing technologies of espionage and surveillance from the Spanish Inquisition to Cold War Australia, from Russian empire to neighbourhood spy networks in interwar Britain and current debates over terrorism and social media. Can we use such material without becoming complicit in the voyeurism and implied violence of its collection?
Textbooks
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HSTY2703 Convicts and Capitalists

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History Assessment: Tutorial Participation (10%), 1x 1000 wds Short paper (20%), 1x 2000 wds Essay (40%), 1x 1500 wds Exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Dregs of a vicious society, wretched victims of industrial capitalism, or boastful capitalists themselves: convicts have always held a special place in the drama of Australia's past. This unit explores lively debates, then and now, about their place in the making of colonial society.
HSTY2704 Vikings of the Sunrise

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x 500 wds Blog entry (10%), 1x 500 wds Proposal and bibliography (10%), 1x 2000 wds Research essay (40%), 1x 1.5hrs Exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The largest ocean in the world is a sea of interconnected islands, peopled for over 40,000 years by some of the most intrepid navigators the world has known. In this unit, we will examine histories of the Pacific from diverse perspectives, focusing on the making and re-making of people, environment, and knowledge in this storied space.
HSTY2706 France in Modern Europe and Beyond

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History Prohibitions: HSTY2658 Assessment: Participation (10%), 1x 500wd proposal and bibliography (10%), 1x2500wd research essay (50%), 1x1500wd final exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The history of France since the 19th century is marked by tumultuous social and political social transformations, by clashes of ideologies, classes and cultures, disastrous wars, colonialism and decolonisation. In this unit you will study these phenomena, their immediate legacies and their larger impact on France's search for identity in the context of migration and globalisation.
Textbooks
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HSTY2709 The Chinese World

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in the History major Prohibitions: ASNS1101 or HSTY1090 Assessment: Tutorial Participation (10%), 1x1500wd Exam (40%), 1x2250wd Essay Paper (35%), 1x250wd Essay Outline (5%), 1x500wd Primary Source Commentary (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces you to the Chinese world over a 4, 000-year period, looking both at big issues and making time for ordinary people's lives. Through the study of primary sources we will seek to understand the meanings of religion, ritual, empire and war, among others, within Chinese society.
HSTY2710 Renaissance and Reformation

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in the History major Prohibitions: HSTY1031 Assessment: Participation (10%), 1x2hr Final Exam (40%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x500wd Essay Outline (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
We start with the brilliant history of Renaissance Italy: courts, republics, scholars, and artists. We then examine the religious revolution known as the Reformation, whose theologians and preachers transformed Europe. We travel the oceans to explore Europe's age of expansion, and conclude with France's religious wars and England's revolution.
HSTY2711 Revolutionary Europe 1780-1920

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in the History major Prohibitions: HSTY1045 Assessment: Participation (10%), 1x1250wd take-home exam (40%), 1x2250wd essay (40%), 1x1000wd primary source assessment (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the dramatic changes in Europe from the French Revolution of the late eighteenth century to the First World War and Russian Revolution of the early twentieth century. We discuss key transformations in politics and ideology, urban and rural life, social class, family and individual identity, gender, religious belief and colonialism.
HSTY2712 American History from Lincoln to Trump

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit units at 1000 level in the History major Prohibitions: HSTY1076 Assessment: 1x2500wd research essay (45%), 1x500wd research proposal (10%), 1 x1.5hr final exam (35%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the United States from 1865 to the present. We will consider changes and continuities by exploring topics such as: race relations, urbanisation, industrialisation, economic crises, immigration and domestic migration, social reform movements, consumer culture, electoral politics, gender relations, foreign policy, and mass incarceration.
HSTY2717 Brexit in Historical Perspective

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in History Assessment: 1x1800wds equivalent Digital archive curation (40%), 1x2500wds Essay (45%), 1x Participation (10%), 4x50wd equivalent Online quizzes and responses (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines Brexit in the context of British political, social, and economic history and the UK's relations with continental Europe since World War II. As well as using recent history to make sense of Brexit, we'll consider how accounts of the British past that are dominated by the experience of empire might look different in the light of Britain's European history.
ANHS2603 Ancient Greek Democracies

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points of Ancient History or History OR 6 Junior credit points of Ancient History and 6 Junior credit points of either Classical Studies, Latin, Greek (Ancient) or Archaeology Prohibitions: ANHS2003 Assessment: 1x2 hour exam (40%), 1x2500 word class paper (50%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit studies the rise and working of democracy in ancient Greece, examining Athens from the time of Solon through the fifth century and into the fourth century B.C. We shall look at the history of Athens and her relation to other cities, and evaluate the evidence of historians and of inscriptions. Athenian political institutions and social history, including the role of the theatre, looking at both tragedy and comedy, the role of other festivals and the law and the lives of the elite and the "forgotten people", such as women and slaves, will be considered.
ANHS2606 The City of Rome: History and Landscape

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive January Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 6 Junior credit points in ANHS and 6 credit points in any of Ancient History, History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Greek (Ancient) or Latin or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Archaeology Assessment: 1x500wd annotated bibliography (15%), 1x2000wd research essay (35%), 1x500wd oral tutorial presentation (15%), 1x1500wd final exercise (25%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
'The city, stick to the city, and live in its light.' (Cicero) This unit will explore the rich history of Rome's urban landscape from the middle Republic (c.200BCE) to the early fourth century CE. We will examine the ways in which the physical city interacted with and even affected the political, religious and cultural life of the Romans and how the great monuments of Empire were eventually destroyed, recovered and reinvented by later ages.
ANHS2609 Alexander and the Hellenistic World

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in History Assessment: 1x2hr exam (40%), 1x2500wd essay (50%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The legacy of Alexander the Great is often defined as one of military conquest. However it was also an age when scholars revolutionized the way poetry was written, artists found new ways of representing the body in extraordinarily life-like terms, and radical new philosophies competed for hearts and minds. From Greece to Afghanistan we will explore a wonderfully diverse and vibrant world that was as much united by culture and learning as it was statecraft and steel.
ANHS2610 SPQR: The Senate and the People of Rome

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in History Assessment: 1x2000 word class paper (40%), 1x500 word assessment task (10%), 1x2 hour exam (40%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What kind of society produced the Roman Republic? How did its political institutions develop and to what extent were they unique? How did they stand up to the pressures of external threat, social change, internal dissention and the impact of empire? We will study the partnership of senate and people from 287 to 88BC and ask the Romans whether a society always gets the politicians it deserves.
ANHS2614 The Emperor in the Roman World 14-117 AD

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x2500 word essay (50%), 1x2hr exam (40%) and tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The first century AD is a fascinating and important period of tension and negotiation between the emperor, senate, and people of Rome. The empire expanded to its physical apogee, and new avenues of power and arenas of competition emerged to transform politics. This unit examines the period 14-117 AD, comprising the reigns of the Julio-Claudians (Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero), Flavians (Vespasian, Titus, Domitian), Nerva, and Trajan. It will treat politics, court culture, the imperial family, foreign policy, conspiracy and propaganda.
ANHS2618 The Later Roman Empire: AD 284-476

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points of Ancient History Greek Ancient Latin or History or 6 Junior credit points of Ancient History and 6 Junior credit points of either History Latin Greek Ancient Philosophy or Archaeology Assessment: 1x2500wd essay (50%), 1x2hr exam (40%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will focus on the transformation of the Classical Mediterranean into the radically different world of Late Antiquity. Through the exploration of topics such as the growth of imperial bureaucracy, the development of court ceremonial, the displacement of polytheism by Christianity, the emergence of new styles of art and literature, and the growing prominence of barbarians, the unit will reveal the vibrancy of a society often erroneously dismissed as a period of decline and fall.
Textbooks
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ANHS2635 Augustus and the Roman Revolution

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: "2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in Ancient History, Greek (Ancient), Latin or History or 6 Junior credit points in Ancient History and 6 Junior credit points in History, Latin, Greek (Ancient), Philosophy or Archaeology Assessment: 1x1000wd textual commentary (20%), 1x2000wd research essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (35%), participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Roman 'revolution' of the First Century BCE involved civil wars, political chaos, lawlessness and violence against civilians. From it emerged a regime which celebrated peace, political harmony, law, justice and the happiness of the citizens. Augustus was at the heart of this change. This unit explores the transformation of the Republic in his lifetime.
ASNS2618 Remaking Chinese Society, 1949-Present

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level from Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or Sanskrit or History or Ancient History Assumed knowledge: Students with no prior knowledge of modern Chinese history are encouraged to read an introductory textbook (e.g., Edwin E. Moise. Modern China: A History. Second edition. Longman, 1994) before the start of the semester. Assessment: 1x750wd essay proposal (15%), 1x2000wd final essay (40%), 1x750wd equivalent presentation (15%), 1x1000wd equivalent end of semester test (20%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The history of the People's Republic of China comprises two periods. In the Maoist era (1949-1978), the Communist-led government attempted to build a centrally planned, socialist society in which politics dominated people's daily lives. In the post-Mao era (since 1978), by contrast, the socialist institutions have largely been dismantled in pursuit of a market-based alternative. This unit of study explores key social, political, cultural and economic features of both periods and analyses the problems and paradoxes of transition.
ASNS2627 Tantric Buddhism in India and Tibet

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studiesor Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or Sanskrit or 12 credit points at 1000 level in History Assessment: 1x2500wd essay (35%), 1x500wd media file (20%), 1x1hr mid-term test (25%), tutorial participation (10%), 1x500wd learning journal (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Buddhism is a trans-Asian phenomenon originating in India. The doctrines and practices of late Indian and tantric Buddhism contain manifold philosophies, deities and rituals. They spread to Tibet from the 8th Century onward and interacted with and influenced Chinese and Mongolian cultures. This unit provides an overview of the philosophical systems and practices of Mahayana and tantric Buddhism which emerged in India and were re-imagined in Tibet. It also explores how pre-modern cultural interactions with Indian and Chinese traditions provided ideological contexts for the Tibetan religious and political institutions.
Textbooks
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ASNS2634 Samurai and Merchants: Tokugawa Japan

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level each in either Asian Studies or History Prohibitions: ASNS2304 Assessment: attendance and participation in tutorials (15%), tutorial writing tasks and essays (equivalent to 2500 words) (45%), 2 hour final exam (equivalent to 2000 words) (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) had a complex feudal structure articulated around the shogun, the feudal lords and their samurai retainers. It also had huge cities, birthplaces of some of the first modern ways of life. The tensions between the feudal framework and the embryonic modernity of Tokugawa society make a fascinating case study in the non-Western world of what is to be modern. To do so, we shall follow a cross disciplinary approach: history, politics, sociology, economy, religion, arts and literature.
ASNS2636 The Enigma of Japanese Power

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in History Prohibitions: ASNS2306 or JPNS2316 Assessment: 1x, 2500wd equivalent tutorial writing tasks (45%), 1x2hr Final exam (40%), Tutorial participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The usual but contradictory descriptions of Japanese society (hierarchical but egalitarian, adaptable but conservative and traditional, consensual but authoritarian, etc.) show that "power" - manifest or hidden in decision making, consensus building, conflict resolution or avoidance - is the enigma of Japan. We will focus on power relationships in politics, administration, enterprises, families, schools, etc, survey the various explanations proposed to solve the enigma and, more generally, learn about the origins, forms and treatments of power and conflict relations.
ASNS2641 Traditional Korea

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Prohibitions: ASNS2501 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1500wd Examination (40%), 4x Weekly posts equivalent to 600wd in total (10%), 1xOral Presentation equivalent to 400wd (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study aims to introduce Korea's historical experience from antiquity to the early phase of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910). Topics include sources and historiography of early Korea; foundation myths and legends of the Three Korean Kingdoms; process of state formation and subsequent political developments; religious ideology, focusing on Buddhism; and cultural and social traditions of Korea from the 4th to the 15th century. These topics will enable students to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of Korean identity.
ASNS2642 Modern Korea

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level Prohibitions: ASNS2502 Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial presentation (10%), 12x30wd quizzes and participation (10%), 2x800wd exam (40%), 1x2000wd essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to introduce some of the major issues in the history of Korea in the late 19th century and the last century. Topics include contradictions of the late Choson dynasty society; opening of Korea to the West and Japan and the attendant wave of reforms and rebellions; Japan's colonial rule; Korea's fight for freedom; liberation and division of Korea in 1945 and the subsequent process of nation-building in the two Koreas.
ASNS2660 Islam, Trade and Society-Arabia to SE Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies) or (12 Junior credit points from History or 12 Junior credit points from Ancient History) or (12 Junior credit points of Indonesian Studies) Prohibitions: ASNS2402 Assessment: tutorial participation (15%), tutorial writing tasks and essays (equivalent to 2500wds), (45%), 1x2 hr final exam (40%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will examine the commercial, religious and cultural relations between the Islamic world of West Asia and Southeast Asia between the ninth century and the present day. Some attention will be paid to the role of India in these relationships. The unit of study will explore the development of Islamic commercial, political, religious and social ideas and practices, and examine the economic, political, religious and social conditions associated with the localisation of these ideas and practices in Southeast Asia.
ASNS2661 History of Modern Indonesia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (45%), 1x2hr Exam (45%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the history of Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, emphasizing the interaction between Islam, nationalism and democracy. The unit traces these forces impact on the formation of modern Indonesia from the late nineteenth century, highlighting the experience and legacy of colonialism, the independence struggle, and the rise and fall of military rule. Particular attention is given to changing notions of national identity, debates about the place of Islam in the polity and authoritarianism and democratisation.
ASNS2672 Japan in East Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level Assessment: 2x250wd quiz (10%), 1x2000wd essay (20%), 1x1500wd exam (40%), 1x500wd tutorial presentation (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit places the modern and contemporary history of Japan within its East Asian context. We will examine a number of key events and subjects pertaining to the relations between Japan, China and Korea. Doing so we will touch sensitive and controversial topics, become aware of differing views of history prevalent in these countries and understand why the historical question constitutes a major political issue in East Asia.
Textbooks
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INGS2604 Global Superpowers

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in International and Global Studies or History Prohibitions: HSTY2611 Assessment: 1x3000wd research essay (60%), 1x1500wd policy brief (30%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines the ideas and ideological assumptions that have shaped and account for the rise and demise of great powers in global politics over the last two centuries. Focusing either on the United States, Russia or China, it explores how the leading politicians and policymakers in those countries have thought about the relationship between economic heft and strategic weight, power and its projection, and the dilemma of under-extension and over-investment. The unit gives special attention to the historical and socio-cultural forces shaping the beliefs great powers, and especially the ongoing power of national mythologies in shaping contemporary policies.
Textbooks
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USSC2604 Sex, Race and Rock: US Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: 1x2hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Annotated bibliography (500wds) (15%) research paper proposal (1000wds) (25%) research paper (2500wds) (40%) group presentation (500wds) (10%) class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit explores the cultural history of and intersections between sexuality, race and rock music in the United States from Elvis to Beyonce. Influenced by black and working-class cultures, and with sexuality embedded in its form and practice, rock music challenged and transformed existing norms of family, sex and gender. Through subjects including women of colour, glam rock, disco and hip hop, students will learn that rock music provided a realm for rebellion, freedom, community and profit and has transformed the United States.

3000 level units of study

Core
HSTY3901 History in the Making

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in History Assessment: 1x250wd Project Proposal (5%), 1x500wd Research Bibliography (10%), 1x750wd Project Draft (10%), 1x4500wd Research Project (60%), Tutorial participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you will independently frame, research and write an original work of historical analysis, based on primary sources and drawing on your knowledge of any period, place or culture examined in history units previously completed. The weekly lectures will guide you through the stages of framing a historical problem, conducting research, choosing a methodology or approach, shaping an argument or narrative, and editing your final work. In tutorials we will workshop every stage of your project.
HSTY3902 History Beyond the Classroom

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in History Assessment: 1x250wd Project Proposal (5%), 1x500wd Research Bibliography (10%), 1x1250wd Project Diary (15%), 1x4000wd Research Project (55%), Tutorial participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you will frame, research and produce an original project based on an engagement with communities and organisations outside the University. You will explore history in action in a variety of contexts and think about different ways of creating and disseminating history that will interest and inform a public audience. Lectures and field trips will help you to frame relevant community-based questions, adopt appropriate methodologies, and explore new ways of presenting your arguments or narratives.
HSTY3903 History and Historians

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in History Assessment: 1x250wd Project Proposal (5%), 1x500wd Research Bibliography (10%), 1x750wd Project Draft (10%), 1x4500wd Research Project (60%), Tutorial participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you will independently frame, research and write an original Essay analyzing how historians have written about the past. In choosing your topic you may draw upon historical issues, approaches and debates encountered throughout your previous studies in history. The lectures and tutorials introduce you to new methodologies and approaches to the past, and guide you through the stages of identifying an issue or debate, researching and understanding its different aspects, and shaping your own argument in response.
Selective
HSTY3801 Asian History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Asia is the world's most populous region and home to many diverse civilisations. This advanced seminar will explore Asia's cultures, track its political evolution from pre-colonial to post-colonial times, or explain its renewed prominence in contemporary global affairs. You will hone skills of research and analysis as you engage sensitively with multiple perspectives on these rich histories.
Textbooks
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HSTY3802 Medieval and Early Modern History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The medieval and early modern world vibrated with a life that seems foreign to us. Listening to voices from centuries ago, this advanced seminar invites you to think critically about cultural difference by exploring peoples and places that are at once radically strange and surprisingly familiar. We journey into the past to investigate key themes in an era of cultural transformation, rising colonialism, religious upheaval, and political invention.
Textbooks
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HSTY3803 British and Modern European History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The birth of modern Europe reshaped the world. This advanced seminar will examine aspects of politics, culture, economics and society in Europe, including Britain and Ireland, and relations between European countries, their empires and the wider world in times of conflict and fragile peace. As you investigate these vexed and interlinked histories, you will hone your research and analytic skills to understand connection, causality and the drivers of change.
Textbooks
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HSTY3804 American History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
American history is as contested as contemporary American culture and politics. This seminar will explore a key theme or debate drawn from more than four centuries of American history. In a setting that may be local or regional, inward- or outward-looking, you will develop advanced research skills to investigate critical relationships between the past and the present.
Textbooks
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HSTY3805 Australian History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Australian history starts with the ground beneath our feet. With a thematic focus on gender, class, politics, foreign relations, or Indigenous and settler experiences of colonialism and environment, this advanced seminar equips you with skills to access a rich range of archival sources and material culture that will transform your historical understanding of Australian society.
Textbooks
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HSTY3806 Global History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Global historians think on a grand scale, seeking the tectonic historical forces that move beneath the surface of events. Whether the focus is on international diplomacy, war, or the circulation of people, ideas, commodities or diseases, this advanced seminar will address continuity, change and the global inter-connectedness of the past ¬- and the present.
Textbooks
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HSTY3807 Indigenous History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Indigenous peoples across the globe have long confronted the violence of colonialism. This advanced seminar will explore the complex historical realities of cultural autonomy, strategic negotiation, adaptation and everyday resistance in a particular time and place. It will equip you to approach research ethically and sensitively, considering multiple perspectives on a conflicted past.
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HSTY3808 Political and Economic History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The study of political culture, practice and ideas offers a valuable point of entry into national and international histories. This advanced seminar will examine political and economic history as an extension of wider social, intellectual and cultural trends, exploring class and capitalism or strategies of power and resistance in democracies, dictatorships and one-party states.
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HSTY3809 Social and Cultural History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How did people in past societies congregate, organise, socialise, and argue? How did they live and love? How did they make sense of the world around them? This advanced seminar uses sources, methodologies, lenses and questions drawn from social and cultural history to explore dynamics of power and difference in everyday encounters and thought: in cities or villages, nations or empires.
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HSTY3810 History of Ideas

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the History major Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay or equivalent (60%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
All historians study ideas in action. Using questions and methods drawn from intellectual and cultural history, this advanced seminar explores the history of ideas themselves: the influential ideas of philosophers, jurists, political activists or creative thinkers; the pervasive ideas of the everyday and vernacular; the 'idea' of war, civilisation or human rights. It will equip you to recognise the historical force, and fragility, of ideas we often take for granted.
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ANHS3635 Historiography Ancient and Modern

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Ancient History or 12 credit points at 2000 level in History Prohibitions: ANHS2691 or ANHS2692 or ANHS2612 Assessment: 1x3000wd Research essay (40%), 1x1000wd student-led exercise (30%), 1x500wd writing journal/online discussion board (20%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Historical consciousness is only one of many differentpathways to understanding the past, one closely associated with the development of 'History' as a literary genre in Ancient Greece. How did this mode of understanding the human past emerge and come to dominate our thinking about past events and processes?What does it mean to explain the past 'historically'? How has history developed its explanations of the actions, behaviours and thoughts of human beings in the past from the Enlightenment to the present? This unit explores the 'history of History' by offering a toolkit for making sense of the wide range of theoretical positions which support historical explanations.
ASNS3002 Modern Japan

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in History Assessment: 1x1500wd essay (30%), 1x2500wd exam (40%), 1x500wd tutorial presentation (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
You will learn the story of the changing life of the Japanese people since the mid-19th century until today, from the momentous Meiji reforms to the emergence of new social forces in the twentieth century, from the devastation of the Second World War to the trauma of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Textbooks
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JCTC3002 The Holocaust: History and Aftermath

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture or 12 credit Points at 2000 level in European Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in History Assessment: 1x 500wd research proposal/annotated bib (10%), 1x 3000wd research essay (50%), 1x 1hr exam (30%), x class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides an in-depth study of the Holocaust. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of Nazi ideology, in particular racial antisemitism, and the gradual implementation of this policy towards the Jews and other victim groups from 1933 to 1945. Other themes focus on the responses of the victims and the role of the by-standers, as well as post-war politics of memory and other issues, including Holocaust denial and war crimes prosecution.
JCTC3003 The Modern Jewish Experience

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture or 12 credit points at 2000 level in European Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in History or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Modern Hebrew Assessment: 1x 500wd research proposal/annotated bib (10%), 1x 3000wd research essay (50%), 1x 1hr exam (30%), x class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the history of European Jewry from the late eighteenth century until the eve of WW2. During this period ancient traditions met the modern forces of enlightenment and emancipation, industrialisation, democratisation and nation building. External pressures provoked profound internal responses as the challenges and opportunities of modernity radically reshaped Jewish thought and life. Students will develop an understanding of the intricacy of relations between Jews and non-Jews and an appreciation of the mosaic of European Jewish life destroyed during the Holocaust.
ITLN3662 Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 6 credit points at 2000 level in any of European Studies or European or Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies or Asian Studies or Government or History or Ancient History or Philosophy or Studies in Religion majors or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Italian Studies or History majors Assessment: 1x1500wd book review (30%), 1x1000wd research bibliography (20%), 1x3500wd research essay (40%), 1x participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit studies Machiavelli as a political strategist, writer, philosopher and observer of his time. Discussion of his and other Renaissance authors' works will demonstrate the social and cultural conditions of literary production, the ideas and debates surrounding philosophy and politics, and topics including sexuality, ethics, the self, and the classical tradition during the Italian Renaissance.
USSC3603 Dissent and Protest in America

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecturer/week 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in American Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in History Assessment: 1x3000wd Research Essay (40%), 1x500wd Research Question/Proposal/Bibliography (20%), Tutorial Participation (10%), 4x250wd Tutorial Questions (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit surveys the long history of social movements and protest in the U. S. . Beginning with 19th Century movements against slavery, the course charts the way everyday Americans came together to make demands on the state, the economy, and American culture. From abolitionism, students move onto close study of the history of American feminism, Civil Rights, agrarian revolt, the labor movement, antiwar politics, gay liberation, Chicano rights, and grassroots conservatism with an eye toward commonalities and divergences in protest strategy and a close attention to the historical contexts in which various movements arose and their long-term effects on American society. The unit will utilize the insights of the disciplines of history, sociology, political science, anthropology, communication studies, and philosophy in order to build on inter- and multi-disciplinary studies of social movement in the U. S. -one of the main subjects of deep fascination that has engaged the multitude of the humanistic social sciences and encouraged debate between them as well as interdisciplinary cross-fertilization.

Interdisciplinary Project units of study

If you are completing two majors and both of your majors are from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please select the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study for your first major, and the Industry and Community Project unit of study for your second major.
If you are completing two majors but only one of your majors is from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please select the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study for that major.
If you are completing one major only and that major is from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please select the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study for your major.
HSTY3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive December,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: Completion of at least 90 credit points Prohibitions: Interdisciplinary Impact in another major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.
HSTY3998 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: Interdisciplinary Impact in any major. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This interdisciplinary unit provides students with the opportunity to address complex problems identified by industry, community, and government organisations, and gain valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In collaboration with a major industry partner and an academic lead, students integrate their academic skills and knowledge by working in teams with students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. This experience allows students to research, analyse and present solutions to a real¿world problem, and to build on their interpersonal and transferable skills by engaging with and learning from industry experts and presenting their ideas and solutions to the industry partner.