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HMT1000 A History of Ideas

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Mark Emmerson


Societies are shaped by ideas and events. It is important for students across a wide range of study areas, including in STEM fields, to develop knowledge of the main movements of ideas in order to examine how these have impacted both global and Australian society in every area of life: in domestic, industrial, commercial, and community settings. This course provides students with an essential background of such knowledge and aims to enable students to contextualise their specialised areas of study within broader philosophical and socio-historical frameworks. As a core course in the Bachelor of Arts, it provides a foundation for further study in the humanities and social sciences, and a point of connection and common knowledge for students in other, diverse areas of study.

Students in this course examine some of the most significant currents of ideas that have shaped contemporary global society. Specifically, they examine the evolution of political thought, social and cultural categories, and the philosophical and artistic movements that continue to shape Western society. Each week, students are introduced to a broad theme or concept, then chart its history over time, identifying key academic theories pertinent to it. They then apply this knowledge to various disciplinary contexts in order to articulate different perspectives in and solutions to complex problems.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of philosophical, social and historical concepts to an area of study;
  2. identify some of the major schools of thought, key ideas and most important thinkers in both current and historical contexts;
  3. analyse the relationship between schools of thought and their social and historical contexts;
  4. develop and articulate an informed personal position on important philosophical and social issues;
  5. provide solutions to problems by applying skills in scholarly research, written communication, and responsiveness to feedback to help develop academic expertise.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ideas and ideologies 10.00
2. Philosophical concepts 20.00
3. Academic theories 20.00
4. Cultural movements 20.00
5. Historical knowledge 20.00
6. Critical skills in humanities and academia 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

All material for this course is available online via Study Desk and it is the student's responsibility to access these materials each week.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Journal No 20 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Essay No 40 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Portfolio No 40 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 27 June 2022