University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

HIST 3015 - Emotion in Historical Perspective

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours a week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
Incompatible: HIST 2091
Assessment: Structured learning outcome questions (c.1000 words) 20%, Methodology essay (1500 words) 30%, Research essay (2500 words) 50%

How we feel and what counts as an emotion changes across time and geographical space. This course introduces students to the history of emotions, highlighting how our emotional worlds, how we feel and show our feelings, what language we use to express emotion, and the social acceptability of particular emotional expressions, have changed over time. Students will encounter some of the key concepts or approaches used by historians to understand how emotions worked in the past, and a range of examples from the medieval to the modern and across the world that highlight the diversity of emotional experience. Key issues that can be explored by students include how emotions are involved in national identity and the making of communities; how emotions are shaped by gender or within families; how the media uses emotion to shape public opinion; and the role of emotion in legal practices and the creation of justice. More generally, we will consider how emotions make history. Through lectures, workshops and structured learning activities, students will have the opportunity to try out some of key history of emotion concepts by applying them to original historical sources. In learning about the past, students might also come to better understand the operation of emotion in the present. This is an interdisciplinary course and may appeal to students interested in emotion in psychology, biology, anthropology, literature and philosophy, as well as history.

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
12140 WR02 30 1 1 Mar - 5 Apr Tuesday 3pm - 5pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
26 Apr - 31 May Tuesday 3pm - 5pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
12141 WR01 70 6 1 Mar - 5 Apr Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
26 Apr - 31 May Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
13539 WR03 20 1 2 Mar - 6 Apr Wednesday 10am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
27 Apr - 1 Jun Wednesday 10am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class