Shock and Awe: A History of the Postmodern World

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Shock and Awe: A History of the Postmodern World

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    39 credit points or 6 credit points in HIST or MHIS or POL units at 200 level, including 3 credit points in HIST of MHIS

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit explores the historical shift from modernity to post-modernity underway since the late twentieth century, tracing: the history of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the emergence of the neo-liberal culture of enterprise that has characterised the global economy since the 1990s; the tension between notions of progress and their environmental consequences; and the nature of war and terror in the post-modern world. The unit also considers how post-modernity manifests in culture and the historical context of these cultural expressions. Post-modernism is explored as a manifestation of the historical shift to post-modernity, and the unit considers a range of post-modernist historical texts, and texts which challenge these interpretations.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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