Age of Revolutions: America and France

Subject HIST10005 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 8 hours per week: Total time commitment 96 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Mr Guy Roberts


Subject Overview:

In the second half of the 18th century, much of the Western world experienced unprecedented change. The "Age of Revolutions" was a key turning-point in world history. The most spectacular examples of this upheaval occurred in the 13 British colonies along the eastern coast of North America in 1763-76 and then in France in 1789-95. This subject is a study of the origins and nature of the American and French Revolutions and their outcomes. How revolutionary were they? And what impact did they have on the rest of the world?


Students who successfully complete this subject should...

  • have an understanding of the origins, nature and outcomes of the American and French Revolutions of the late 18th century
  • develop the ability to make critical judgements about major historical approaches to these Revolutions
Assessment: An exercise of 500 words 10% (due early in semester), a research essay of 1500 words 40% (due mid-semester), a review essay of 2000 words 40% (due during the examination period) and tutorial participation throughout the semester 10%.

Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five days, no late assessment will be accepted. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available at the beginning of semester

McPhee, Peter,The French Revolution 1789-1799

Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should

  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources.
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument.
  • demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History
History Major

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