Modern History, Major (0130)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0130

Previous Code: M1136.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Modern History includes the studies of societies, states and cultures since the Middle Ages and equivalent periods elsewhere. It provides important insights into the nature of the modern world, and into the origins of the features of modern life we now think of as ‘global’. Modern History is an important teaching area for students heading into for Secondary Teaching: the purpose of this major is to group together all of the subjects which count as Modern History for the purposes of the Master of Teaching program and the Institute of Teaching. Successful completion of the Modern History major will count as a first teaching area for Secondary Teaching. Note that there is a wider list of history subjects available in the History and Political Thought major.


Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown City Campus Internal
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal
Penrith Campus Internal

Major Structure

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.

Students must complete the following compulsory subjects.

Subject Title Credit Points
HUMN 3104Historical Methodologies10
HUMN 2067History of the Ancient World10
HUMN 1039Modern European History and Politics10
HUMN 1054When Worlds Collide: European Empires and the World, c.1600-195010

Students must also complete four subjects from the following Modern History pools, with a minimum of two subjects at Level 3. It is also strongly recommended that students select at least one Australian history subject.

Note: Not all subjects will be offered each year. Subjects will be offered on a rotational basis.

Subject Title Credit Points
Level 2 Subject Pool
HUMN 2001A History of Modern Global Buddhism10
HUMN 2034Keeping the Past10
HUMN 2074Origins of the Secular West10
HUMN 2075Sports History in Global Perspective10
LANG 2015Cultural History of Books and Reading10
Level 3 Subject Pool
POLI 3004American Foreign Policy Since 194510
HUMN 3013Australian Colonial History10
HUMN 3015Australian History Around Us10
HUMN 3017Australian Indigenous History from Federation to Reconciliation10
HUMN 3018Australian Indigenous History: From first contact to 'dying race'10
HUMN 3019Britain in the Age of Botany Bay, 1760-181510
HUMN 3024Comparative Nationalism10
HUMN 3026Convicts and Settlers - Australian History 1788 - 184010
HUMN 3032Dictators, Democrats and Dreamers: Indonesia 1942 to now10
HUMN 3035Enlightenment and Revolution10
HUMN 3039Food: A Cultural History10
HUMN 3040From Vindication to Liberation: A Comparative History of Feminism10
HUMN 3046History of Modern China to 194910
HUMN 3047History of Muslim Civilisations and Ideas10
HUMN 3111History of the People's Republic of China10
HUMN 3115Medieval Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation10
HUMN 3060Modern Japanese History10
HUMN 3062Napoleon: the Making of a Legend10
HUMN 3076Sultans, Colonists and Nationalists: Indonesia C1200-194210
HUMN 3080The History of Southeast Asia10
HUMN 3081The International Relations of the Middle East Since 194510
HUMN 3087Twentieth Century Australia10
HUMN 3093War10
HUMN 3094War and Society in the Twentieth Century10
HUMN 3092WWII in Asia and the Pacific10

Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this Major for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier. 

HUMN 3010 - American History, 1898-1945, no longer offered.
HUMN 2043 - Religion and the Origins of Modern Science, no longer offered.