George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Especially in this global society we live in today, studying history is extremely relevant for understanding today's world.
Studying history as part of your undergraduate degree will benefit you in a wide range of career options in the future. As can be seen from the recent coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA, major events in history have an enormous effect on the future. First year unit HIST1001 Old Worlds and New Empires (Semester 1) studies the rich and powerful societies in Europe, Asia and Africa and how they increasingly came into contact and conflict, exploring themes such as changing views of the world from Islamic and European perspectives, the effects of major demographic events such as the Black Death and other pandemics, religious expansion, the economic bases of different societies, slavery and the beginnings of European exploration, conquest and colonisation, and modern global capitalism.
The second semester unit HIST1002 An Age of Violence: The Making of the Modern World, 1789-2002 examines the processes, experiences and events that transformed key features of world history in the period c.1789 to 2002. It explores a range of issues that have shaped, and been shaped by, the making of the modern world. Core themes include revolution ideologies, violence and conflict, citizenship and enfranchisement, and
identities and communities.