Not currently available in 2019

Unit description

What does the discovery of a fossilized pinkie bone in southern Siberia have to do with an earthworm in the Amazon and a dairy farmer in Nimbin? Web of History offers a chronological and conceptual journey through pre-history, ancient history and modern history to situate the present and imagine the future. The unit explores critical concepts in historiography including sources, scale, significance, change, continuity, context, contestability and consilience. Web of History draws on new perspectives in Big History, Deep History and Evolutionary Psychology to encourage explorations across disciplinary boundaries and experimentations with the scale of space and time. Designed with a common core and room for individual interests, Web of History will appeal to learners from a range of disciplinary backgrounds with an interest in big questions and past events.

Unit content

Phase 1: Inception

  • Orientation and Administration
  • Key Concepts, Skills and Processes in Historiography

Phase 2: Exploration

  • Prehistory I
  • Prehistory II
  • Ancient History I
  • Ancient History II
  • Modern History I
  • Modern History II

Phase 3: Experimentation

  • A Current Affair

Phase 4: Imagination

  • Back to the Future?

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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