Courses offered at La Trobe

SUBJECTS AVAILABLE FOR EU STUDENTS SEMESTER 1, 2012

CORE SUBJECT (THEME)

Subject Code: HIS1GMS
Subjec title: MIGRATION STORIES IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT
ECTS: 7.5
Description: In the modern world, global migrations saw millions of people from Europe, Asia and the Pacific relocate to new homes. In this subject students will explore the historical processes and personal stories of these mass migrations. Industrialisation in Britain and Europe encouraged migration to the New World, as did poverty, famine, wars and religious persecution. Poverty and family strategies sent millions of Chinese and Indians to work in new societies including the Americas, the Pacific and Southern Africa. In this subject we will explore the racial ideas that underpinned barriers set against the free movement of peoples by white settler societies. New waves of migrants after World War Two reshaped the United States and Australia as multicultural societies. Gradually race restrictions eased and the desire for skilled migrants directed national immigration agendas. Students will undertake a research essay placing their own family and community’s migration story into a global context.

ELECTIVES

Subject Code: POL1SNS
Subject Title: STATES, SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
ECTS: 7.5
Subject Description: This subject is designed to introduce students to the main security issues in contemporary international relations. It is divided into four main parts: In Part A we explore the historical context of international relations, focussing on the Cold War and post-Cold War periods. Part B provides students with the conceptual building blocks that underpin international relations, including key ideas like sovereignty and the nation-state. In Part C we focus on the traditional issues of inter-state relations and violent conflict, exploring debates concerning great power rivalry, contemporary terrorism, the changing character of war, and WMD proliferation. Finally, Part D explores new security challenges in the contemporary world, including the concept of human security, refugee protection, climate change, humanitarian intervention and the promotion of human rights. These new challenges force us to re-examine the sources of insecurity in the world today.

 

 
Subject Code: HIS1MLH
Subject Title: MYTH, LEGEND AND HISTORY
ECTS: 7.5
Subject Description: From ancient Greece and medieval Britain come some of the best-known names and places in history. Achilles and Troy, Jason and Medea, King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and Robin Hood – all have had glorious stories told about them and their names have become synonymous with history, literature, art and film. In this subject we read these stories and consider the power and attraction of myth and legend in historical storytelling. We examine the archaeological evidence and material culture of the oral traditions and written texts. Links between mythic pasts, historical legends and nation building are explored. Just what is the relationship between myth, legend, fiction and history?
Subject Code: HIS1MME
Subject Title: MAKING OF MODERN EUROPE
ECTS: 7.5
Subject Description: In this subject students will be introduced to key ideas, issues and events in European history. The subject traces the various processes by which European societies became recognisably modern. The focus is on those ideas and issues that commenced in the early-modern era which continue to reverberate through western societies. We need to understand the sources of change in the past in order to fully recognise and respond to developments that have emerged in our own recent histories. Students will acquire not only an understanding of how modern European societies emerged, but also the long-term forces that have shaped many aspects of our contemporary international order. Foundations are laid in this subject for later year studies in History, European Studies, Politics and International Relations.
Subject Code: HIS2EUT
Subject Title: EUROPEAN CULTURAL HISTORY
ECTS: 7.5
Subject Description: In this subject students explore cultural histories of Europe. Homes and cities have played a major role in shaping the modern history of European civilization. We will consider case studies of the history of private life and public culture in some of the great cities of Europe: East and West, medieval, modern and early-modern. Our focus is not about politics or events, it is about ways people lived.
 
Subject Code: HIS2EUU
Subject Title: THE EUROPEAN UNION
ECTS: 7.5
Subject Description: Students are introduced to the study of European integration, beginning with the history of the political and economic structures of the European Union. The treaty process, economic co-operation and standardisation, realms of governance and policy-making, and issues of identity, legitimacy and democracy are studied through different interdisciplinary lenses. For example, the treaty process will be examined legally and politically through international law and intergovernmental agreements, but also sociologically in relation to issues of identity, legitimacy and participation. Similarly, the euro zone and Schengen are addressed not just in terms of economics and law but also for their implications for European and member states’ identity. Finally the European Union is compared with other forms of international integration, both historical and existing. Students are challenged to evaluate the success or otherwise of European integration with reference to approaches they have studied.
 

 

Subject Code: HIS1DEV
SubjectTitle: GLOBALISATION AND DEVELOPMENT: THE RISE OF THE MODERN WORLD
ECTS: 7.5
Subject Description: Globalisation is a process by which distant regions are increasingly linked, shaping our lives and impacting on the fate of nations. In this subject students will explore world history by examining the process by which the wealthy countries expanded into, and influenced the rest of the world. We often think of globalisation primarily in terms of industry, trade and technology, but in this unit we will take a broader view, which includes the current problems of world poverty and conflict, environmental degradation and racism. Case histories from Latin America, Africa and Asia will be examined.

 

Subject Code: HIS2ATF
SubjectTitle: ANARCHISTS AND TERRORISTS
ECTS: 7.5
Subject Description: In this subject students explore the origins and historical development of terrorism. From the People’s Will to Al Qaeda, we will provide a survey of the most significant movements that have engaged in terror. In the subject we will emphasize the importance of ideas and chart the significance of anarchism, revolutionary socialism, national liberation and religious extremism. Particular attention will be paid to primary texts from influential exponents of violence, including Sergei Nechaev, Frantz Fanon and Carlos Marighela. Students will debate the problems of developing a meaningful definition of terrorism; investigate the ideas and material conditions that have given rise to various forms of political violence; consider the challenge of formulating an effective and just response to terrorist attacks; and locate modern terrorism in a broad, comparative historical perspective.

 

Subject Code: HIS2NGE
Subject Title: NAZI GERMANY AND EUROPE
ECTS: 7.5
Subject Description: Students examine the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the creation and destruction of the Third Reich. Nazi ideas and policies are analysed in detail as they relate to the origins and course of the second world war. We also examine other European countries in the context of interwar fascist movements; including Romania and Hungary.

 

Subject Code: HIS2TCE
SubjectTitle: TWENTIETH CENTURY EUROPE: POLITICS, IDEOLOGIES AND STORIES
ECTS: 7.5
Subject Description: In this subject we study the turbulent political history of the twentieth century in Europe, beginning with the consequences of the First World War. Ideologies are emphasised: liberal and illiberal, democratic and dictatorial, all placed in historical context. Different ways of explaining and narrating those ideologies are also emphasised. The revolutionary pressures which arose out of World War I are related to the emergence of Fascism and Communism, the regimes of Nazism and Stalinism, and the uncertain response of democratic societies. Political and ethical consequences of the Second World War, and of post-war European prosperity and integration, are then in focus. Studies conclude with the collapse of Communism. In this subject students are offered deeper understandings of the crises and opportunities shaping European politics and society in the twentieth century. This subject is considered most appropriate for second-year students as a prelude to specialist studies in third year.

INTERNSHIP

Subject Code: MST3INT
Subject Title: MEDIA INTERNSHIP
Subject Description: In this subject students will develop contacts with, and work in, a media organisation. Students will develop an understanding of issues internal to the organisation such as its goals, structure, management and work practices. In addition they will be expected to develop an understanding of the organisation’s relationship to its clients, audience and other parts of the media industry.

 

 

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