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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) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik -

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik
Lecturers: Professor Angela McCarthy, Professor Takashi Shogimen, Professor Angela Wanhalla
and Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik


There is no textbook for this course.

Course outline

Available via Blackboard.

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 30-31, 33, 38, 40
A2 Monday 16:00-16:50 30-31, 33, 38, 40
A3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 30-31, 33, 38, 40
A4 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 30-31, 33, 38, 40
A5 Thursday 10:00-10:50 30-31, 33, 38, 40
A6 Thursday 13:00-13:50 30-31, 33, 38, 40