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HIS8002 Themes in Transnational History (Masters)

Semester 2, 2016 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090305 - History

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Examiner: Jayne Persian


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MARA

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Transnational histories are central to the formation of historical consciousness. With cultural memory, transnational histories draw attention to the formation of the past-present relationship and the flow of ideas that connect the world?s many places. Through this approach, scholars can enrich their understanding of contemporary and historical societies, identities and cultural landscapes.
Students will acquire advanced skills in the theoretical approaches to transnationalism and memory studies. Students will use research and communication skills to apply this knowledge in diverse contexts.


The course employs a thematic approach, and draws upon the framework of recent world history. Students investigate the construction of individual and community consciousness in contemporary and historical contexts. The course uses transnational research and the study of social memories in order to investigate the formation and expression of identities and community in multiple locales.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of major political and social issues from recent history
  2. identify and synthesise key information and theoretical knowledge
  3. apply theory to develop a specialised understanding of historical or contemporary problems
  4. develop sophisticated oral and written arguments about historical or contemporary issues to both academic and non-academic audiences.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ideas and memories 30.00
2. National communities 30.00
3. Contested identities 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Best, A et al 2015, International history of the twentieth century and beyond, 3rd edn, Routledge, Oxford, UK.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bell, PMH 2011, The world since 1945: an international history, Arnold, London.
  • Grenville, JAS 2005, A history of the world: from the 20th to the 21st century, Routledge, London.
  • Hunt, M 2004, The world transformed: 1945 to the present, St Martin's, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Kegley, CW 2014, World politics: trend and transformation, 2014-2015 edn, Thomson Higher Education, Belmont, California.
  • Keylor, WR 2011, The twentieth century world: an international history, 6th edn, Oxford University Press, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Private Study 140.00
Seminars 25.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SEMINAR PRESENTATION 100 15 12 Jul 2016 (see note 1)
LITERATURE REVIEW 1000 WORDS 100 25 02 Aug 2016 (see note 2)
RESEARCH ESSAY 2500 WORDS 100 45 06 Sep 2016
CRITICAL REPORT 1500 WORDS 100 15 11 Oct 2016

  1. Students will be allocated dates for seminar presentations during the first week of semester. Students will be expected to present a recorded version of the paper, and to host a discussion on Study Desk.
  2. Students should consult with the course examiner regarding their selection of appropriate scholarly works for review.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.