Bachelor of Arts (History)

Category/ Subject Course Code Title No of AUs
ACADEMIC SUBJECT 
Year 1 AAH10B Biography and History 3
AAH10D International History: From World War One to the Present 3
Year 2 AAH23D Early Modern Asia 3
AAH23E Modern East Asia 3
AAH23H United States: The Emergence of a Superpower 3
AAH23L Modern Southeast Asia 3
Year 3 AAH33K Rise of Modern India 3
AAH33N Heritage and Culture 3
Year 4 AAH40A Academic Exercise: History 3
AAH40B Reading Sources: Evidence from the Past 3
CURRICULUM STUDIES  
Year 2 ACH32A Learning to Teach for Historical Understanding 3
Year 4 ACH42B Assessment and Evaluation in Secondary History 3
GENERAL ELECTIVE 
  AAH18C Topics in Military History 3

 

Please refer to the BA website for more information.

 


 

Course Synopses

 

AAH10B Biography and History

Biography is one of the most popular and enjoyable ways of reading history. Biographers employ a range of interesting methods in researching their subject, such as psychoanalysis and interviews. Biographies covered range from those of Hitler to Mao. The course studies the life stories of not only the “great” figures of history but also of the “unknown” men and women who also “made history. The skills of writing biography and doing oral history are taught. This course is offered to all NTU students.

Back to Top


AAH10D International History: From World War One to the Present

This course examines the major developments in international history beginning with the First World War with a view to understanding the dynamics of underlying political, economic and social forces which have shaped the world in the course of the twentieth century. We shall discuss the ways in which hopes of progress and stability were kindled and shattered as the world came to be divided into power blocks. The course concludes with a discussion on the beginning of a new era in international politics starting with the collapse of biopolarity and the emergence of one superpower towards the end of the twentieth century. This course is also offered to all NTU students interested in international history.

Back to Top


AAH23D Early Modern Asia

This course explores main themes in political, socioeconomic and cultural developments across Asia from 1400 to the 1820s. The rise and fall of states and development of political institutions in India, Southeast Asia and China are discussed in the context of economic changes that affected both the rulers and the ruled as Asia came into close contact with Europe, ushering in the age of globalisation. The course concludes with a brief analysis of the ways in which indigenous states tried to modernise themselves and the extent to which they were successful. This course is open to all students in NTU who are interested in learning about the beginnings of modern socio-economic and political developments of Asia before the rise of colonial state.

Back to Top


AAH23E Modern East Asia

This course deals with the broad current of historical changes in China and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries. Discussions on China include such topics as the decay of the imperial order, the Nationalist revolution, the rise of Communism, the founding of the People's Republic, the Cultural Revolution, and Deng Xiaoping's reforms in the 1970's and the 1980s. In the case of Japan, emphasis will be put on Japan’s transformation from an isolated, "feudalistic" society to a modern democracy and a leading industrialised nation today. In analysing Japan’s economic, social and political changes, comparisons and contrasts with China will also be frequently made. This course is also offered to students of NTU with an interest in the modern history of China and Japan.

Back to Top


AAH23H United States: The Emergence of a Superpower

This course presents a political, social, cultural and economic history of the United States in the 20th Century and up to the present. It starts with the Progressive period and continues to the current administration. The first half of the century will be examined in such areas as the legacies of the Great War, the boom of the 1920s and the Great Depression. This will be followed by an analysis of the Second World War, the Cold War and the current ‘War on Terror’. Essentially, this course will explore the motivations, impulses and manifestations of a growing superpower becoming fully engaged in global affairs and the impact on the rest of the world. This focus on global engagement will be framed together with domestic political and social changes marked by such events as the turbulent 60s, the Civil Rights movement, Watergate and the so-called ‘Culture War’ between liberals and conservatives. This course is also offered to all NTU students.

Back to Top


AAH23L Modern Southeast Asia

This course deals mainly with the tumultuous period from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1970s, when Southeast Asia went from independence to colonial subjugation, through the nightmare of the Pacific War, towards independence. It deals with the international forces brought to bear on Southeast Asia, and the local responses to those forces, as lives were transformed, and modern nationalism and nation-states were born.

Back to Top


AAH33K Rise of Modern India

This course provides a broad survey of political, economic and socio-cultural aspects of India’s development as a modern nation. The course begins with a brief introduction to the social and cultural milieu of India. Its economic and social transformation under colonial rule and the struggle against colonial rule leading to the foundation of a nation-state are discussed at some length. India’s efforts to forge national unity against regional, ethnic and religious diversity and to achieve economic growth and modernisation after independence are examined in the context of regional and global political and economic affairs.

Back to Top


AAH33N Heritage and Culture

Student teachers are engaged in making practical assessments of historic landscapes and examining the heritage value of historical sites and landmarks. They do a major case study of a place that they consider to be of heritage value. The significance and meaning of what constitutes heritage is covered. Student teachers consider why some historical sites and monuments and not others are regarded as essential for school field trips and tourism. The question of how the public perceives the past as it is presented in the media, textbooks, museums and in historic buildings is also analysed. This course is offered to all NTU students.

Back to Top


AAH33M Peace and War in Twentieth-century Asia

This course focuses on the history of relations between Asian countries, and the broad ideological, economic, and cultural forces that have influenced the evolution of international politics in the twentieth century. Topics covered by this course will include the rise of newly independent states in Asia, the cause and consequences of the three major global conflicts in Asia: the First World War, the Second World War and the Cold War, the major regional conflicts: the Korean war, the Vietnam war, and the armed conflicts between China and the Soviet Union. This course is also offered to students of NTU with an interest in world history, particularly in international politics of modern Asia.

Back to Top


AAH40A Academic Exercise: History

This capstone course provides an opportunity for History student teachers to apply and refine the disciplinary skills of primary research, source reading and interpretation, and crafting of a historical argument in relation to a topic of their choice. All student teachers will conduct their research under the direct supervision of a faculty member and they are expected to present their research findings in an in-class symposium and in a final thesis of not more than 10,000 words.

Back to Top


AAH40B Reading Sources: Evidence from the Past

This course provides a critical understanding of the ways in which historians read and interpret primary sources and reconstruct historical reality. This builds upon the skills of source reading and interpretation that student teachers would have acquired in previous courses through case studies of themes and topics to be decided in discussions between lecturer and student teachers. Student teachers will be expected to draw upon a wide range of primary sources, textual or otherwise, to explore ideas and perspectives represented in the sources in relation to their selected themes and topics.

Back to Top


ACH32A Learning to Teach for Historical Understanding

This course introduces student teachers to the challenging and complex undertaking of teaching for historical understanding. The general assumption that a sturdy understanding of the past may be acquired by a process of committing historical narratives (events, details, names and dates) to memory is no longer tenable. Much research in history education demonstrates that learning history, for the purpose of deeper understanding, involves both the study of such narratives and the acquisition of a set of discipline-specific cognitive strategies that can help student teachers to better learn and make inquiries into the past. In learning to approach the teaching of history in disciplinary terms, this course aims to provide student teachers with a deep familiarity of the key concepts that structure the historical discipline. At the same time, student teachers will develop competency in crafting instructional strategies that can help secondary school pupils explore, interpret and understand events and issues in history (as part of learning to think historically about the past).

Back to Top


ACH42B Assessment and Evaluation in Secondary History

This course seeks to expose student teachers to key issues involved in the assessment and evaluation of History at the secondary level. Generally, the course aims at enabling student teachers to conduct assessment, with attention given to the practical aspects of how to assess what students learn from being taught History in school. In line with the objectives and examination requirements of the existing syllabus, the main emphasis of the course will be on the ways source materials are used to meet assessment demands at both lower and secondary levels. For this purpose, the course has been designed to give student teachers ample opportunities at setting source-based and structured essay questions, as well as giving them adequate practice at both devising marking schemes and the marking of sample answer scripts. Student teachers will also be introduced to formative assessment strategies and how these may be used in History classrooms to evaluate student learning.

Back to Top


AAH18C Topics in Military History

The chronology and theme focus of this course will vary from year to year. Primary emphasis on the military history of early modern and modern Europe, the United States, and the world wars.

Back to Top