HIST11038 - The Modern World Emerges: An Overview

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The Modern World Emerges provides a broad overview of world history from 1500-1900CE. It examines the emergence of new world patterns to 1800 and of the modern world of today. Specific areas of exploration to 1800 include Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment and Revolutionary Europe, the New World, Africa, the Muslim Empires, and the East Asian World and political, economic, social and cultural developments in, and interactions between, these spheres. The unit then surveys the 19th and 20th century world of industrialisation and rise of mass society in the West, new imperialism and global war, nationalism, revolution and independence. As an introductory level offering, the unit also introduces students to a preliminary understanding of the problems of historical evidence and emphasizes both discipline-specific and generic skills. Students will require computer and internet access to complete some assessment for this unit. Together with Ancient and Medieval Civilisations: An Historical Introduction, an optional introductory companion unit, The Modern World Emerges provides a firm foundation for more specialised history studies offered at CQU.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 94.12% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 23.61% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say survey
A few students have asked that more information be made available on how to find scholarly articles and how to know what scholarly articles are. It is noted that a lot of this information is already available to students on Moodle and also through the Academic Learning Centre, but more focus on this particular issue can be accommodated.
Undertake a specific recorded zoom session for understanding the nature of scholarly sources in the history discipline and how to access them, and make this recording available early in the Term.
Action Taken
A zoom recording was made about the nature of scholarly sources in the history discipline and how to access them. The recording was made available via the Moodle site. Students appreciated this assistance in regard to better understanding the nature of sources.
Source: SUTE Unit comments.
Feedback was provided requesting more information and clarity on how to structure the essays, which is understandable in a first year unit. While there is a lot of information available on Moodle about how to structure a history essay, it is worthwhile revisiting this feedback item.
Record a zoom session in Week 3 of the Term to focus on essay structure and also include a Q and A session about essays and the expectations for them.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit comments.
One student raised the question of whether there are sufficient scholarly sources available for each essay question.
The Unit Coordinator will do a check on the availability of up-to-date scholarly sources (specialist and generalist) in the more common databases such as JSTOR and in the CQU Library catalogue for the essay questions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Have a broad knowledge of the political, economic, social and cultural history of major world civilizations and their interactions from c1500 to c1900;
  2. Have an unprejudiced understanding of the differing worldviews of these civilizations and an acceptance of others' informed opinions;
  3. Have an understanding of key historical problems of the period and evidence-backed solutions to these problems.
  4. Have the ability to explain the significance of historical events and processes in world history, including alternative worlds, and longitudinal and intergenerational studies
  5. Have the ability to critique historical interpretations and their applications to contemporary global issues


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)