• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, History, International Relations, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course covers European history from 1918 until 1991, from the end of the First World War to the collapse of the Eastern bloc in 1989/1990. The course will analyse key themes of Europe's troubled history, including the impact of World War I, the rise of the Soviet Union, the emergence of fascism,  the causes and aftermath of World War Two, the rise of youth movements in the 1960s, the crisis of the 1970s and the collapse of communism. By addressing Europe's changing relationship with the world, this course provides essential background for understanding the major political, social and cultural developments of the twentieth century. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the history of Europe in the 20th century.
  2. Evaluate key interpretations of 20th-century Europe’s social, cultural and political history.
  3. Demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical skills.
  4. Reflect critically on literature and arguments developed in key historical and theoretical materials.
  5. Demonstrate oral presentation skills.
  6. Understand and demonstrate the significance of 20th-century Europe for today's world.

Other Information

This course counts towards a History, Contemporary Europe, International Relations or Political Science major.

Indicative Assessment

2,500 word essay (40%) [assesses Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4 and 6]

Final exam (50%) [assesses Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4 and 6]

Tutorial participation (10%) [assesses Learning Outcome 5]


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One weekly 90min lecture and one weekly one-hour tutorial. Lecture notes or digital lecture recordings will be made available on Wattle. Students are expected to also undertake 7.5 hours of private study per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed texts will be outlined on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Recommended reading:

Eric Dorn Brose, A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Tony Judt, Postwar. A History of Europe Since 1945 (Pimlico, 2007).





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8443 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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