The Era of Controversy

Unit code: ABA1005 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This unit focuses on tensions and conflicts arising from modernity and the historical and contemporary processes of modernisation. By drawing on disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences this investigation develops students’ understandings of the origins of the world in which they live, introducing them to a range of historical and social theoretical perspectives. Students will establish critical skills that enable them to analyse and interpret historical ideas and events and to engage with global political and economic issues that frame contemporary life.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss key political ideas and historical events informing the modern period;
  2. Analyse the tensions and conflicts that have arisen in the development of modern Western society;
  3. Analyse and contextualise materials that provide insight into the past and articulate how they relate to contemporary problems;
  4. Articulate some of the key developments in class, race and gender relations, and the analyse the legacy of such conflicts.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 30%
An active learning journal recording In-class and out-of-class learning activities
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 50%
Individual written work drawing on central themes of the unit in the development of a concept map
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
A presentation demonstrating and applying unit based knowledge (10 minutes)

Required reading

Required Texts: Unit Reader available from VU Bookshop and online via the LMS for the unit.

As part of a course

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