The Shock of the Modern

Module code: HS1002

Modernity hit the nation and changed almost every aspect of people’s lives from personal identity, to public institutions and the nation state. Its evolution has been integral to the world we live in today, and it has shifted many aspects of our lives.

In this module you'll be analysing such concepts as modernity, the pre-modern, anti-modern and post-modern in their historical contexts. You’ll be reflecting upon your own place in relation to the past by understanding the origins and trajectory of modernity and discussing its development over time.

Using your critical imagination you'll produce your own theories on this period, and use a variety of genres to communicate your ideas.


  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 5 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 117 hours of guided independent study

Assessment Methods

  • Source commentary, 2,000 words (50%)
  • Creative writing essay or essay, 2,000 words (50%)