Course code HIST2005Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Provides a comparative study of millennial movements in western, and some non-western, societies over the last thousand years. It begins with a close reading of the Book of Revelation and includes an assessment of millennial religious movements in the middle ages and early modern Europe. These are compared with millennial movements in the colonial world, including the Native American ghost dance and Melanesian cargo cults. It concludes with an assessment of millennial movements in the modern world including the Branch Davidians at Waco.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAt the conclusion of this course, students will have
1. Knowledge of a range of millennial movements from the year 1000 to 2000.
2. Familiarity with methodologies appropriate to the study of millennial movements.
3. Appreciate the range of influences which combine to form millennial movements in many social, historical and cultural contexts.
4. Developed advanced research, writing and information literacy skills building on the foundation laid in first-year courses.
ContentTopics to be covered include: the Book of Revelation, the Year 1000 debate, Joachim of Fiore and the Last World Emperor, Flagellants, Taborites and Peasant revolutionaries in the middle ages, Hermeticism, Astrology and Giordano Bruno, Millennial movements in the English civil war,William Miller and the Millerites, the Native American "ghost dance" or prophet movements, Cargo cults" in Melanesia, and Waco and the Branch Davidians.
Replacing Course(s)HIST3050 Millennium
TransitionThis course will not be available to students who have previously completed HIST3050, IRES3200 or RELI3050. There will be other Religious Studies options available for students who wish to complete a major in this discipline.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units at 1000-level in a relevant science discipline
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassOne-hour class test 10%
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo written assignments, which might include essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, totalling 3000 words, 90%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term