|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 :||20 May 2022|
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.