2010 Course Handbook
MHIS115: An Introduction to World History
Macquarie is the international home of big history, and this is its flagship unit. While most history units look in detail at a particular country, theme or period, this unit surveys history on the biggest possible scale. It begins with the origins of the Universe and goes on to tell a series of linked stories about the origins of the stars and planets; the earth and its inhabitants; human beings; various types of human societies; and global interactions to the present day. Students in the unit explore the changing interactions between people, and people and the environment through written tasks, discussions, the handling of artefacts and an outside tutorial. In so doing, they are encouraged to think about the kinds of evidence available to historians and the role that history can play in understanding the local and global communities that people belong to today. Finally, the unit invites students to think about how they might make world histories. No prior knowledge of science or history is required, and students from across the campus are welcome to enrol.
D1 - Day; Offered in the first half-year
X1 - External study; Offered in the first half-year
|Staff Contact(s):||Associate Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington|
Department of Modern History, Politics, International Relations and Security
|People or Planet:||People|
For unit timetable information please visit the Timetables@Macquarie Website .