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HIST123 Revolutions

An examination of the ways in which revolutions have transformed the world.

Revolutionary movements have shaped the world we live in. This paper explores these movements, providing students with an understanding of what drives popular uprisings and how revolutionary change has shaped the modern world. This understanding will be developed through case studies of particular revolutions, such as the French, Russian and Chinese Revolutions.

The paper is essential for students majoring in History, and complements studies in a wide range of subjects, including law, politics, psychology, anthropology, and sociology.

Paper title Revolutions
Paper code HIST123
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Professor Brian Moloughney
Lecturers: Associate Professor Mark Seymour
Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik
Professor Brian Moloughney


There is no textbook for this course.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of political, economic and social aspects of revolutions, and the decisive role these have played in shaping the modern world
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different theories and interpretations of revolution, and of the relationship between revolution and modernity
  • Display communication skills both in written form and verbally, through essay writing and the engagement with ideas and issues within the classroom and beyond
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research skills through locating, evaluating and effectively using ideas and information

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 30, 33, 38-39
A2 Monday 16:00-16:50 30, 33, 38-39
A3 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 30, 33, 38-39
A4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 30, 33, 38-39
A5 Friday 10:00-10:50 30, 33, 38-39
A6 Friday 11:00-11:50 30, 33, 38-39
A7 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 30, 33, 38-39
A8 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 30, 33, 38-39