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This unit explores the dramatic changes in world history from 1500 to 1900. It examines how rising population levels, technological change, trade and warfare shaped the modern world. The unit employs a series of case studies to examine the impact of these changes on peoples living in different parts of the globe. It asks questions about the nature of change. Did technological innovation lead to a higher standard of living for all, or were there losers and winners? Why were there still famines in an era of increasing agricultural production? What were the effects of the slave trade? What were the environmental consequences of change? The unit demonstrates the importance of the study of history in our understanding of the present.

Summary 2020

Unit name World History: War, Feast and Famine
Unit code HTA102
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr Anthony Page

Teaching staff

Prof Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HTA100- (except in special circumstances with the permission of the Head of Discipline or School)


Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 
2 x 1-hour lectures
1-hour tutorial weekly

Off Campus:
Fully web-supported including discussion boards and weekly 3-hour webinar


Assignment 1 (500 words) 10%

Assignment 2 (2000 word essay) 40%

Tutorial participation 10%

One 2 hr examination 40%

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