In a complex, disturbing and rapidly changing contemporary world, characterised by violence, mass migration, displacement and identity politics what role can the study of history play in creating citizens who can navigate responsible and responsive personal and professional furtures? Utilising surveys conducted among students and graduates of Modern History at Macquarie University, Sydney, this chapter will explore the connection between citizenship and historical literacy. In particular, it asks how, in what context and whether history graduates end up agentic, empathetic and socially responsible members of society. It will consider whether the discipline acts as an agent for social change and social justice.
|Title of host publication||Teaching history for the contemporary world|
|Subtitle of host publication||tensions, challenges and classroom experience in higher education|
|Editors||Jennifer Clark, Adele Nye|
|Publisher||Springer, Springer Nature|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2020|