• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History, International Relations, Political Sciences, Asian Studies, European Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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The twentieth century forged a new world. Through revolution, mass destruction, economic development and technological transformation, a connected globe of deep divergences emerged. This course surveys the transformations that redefined the world from the age of empires to the era of globalisation. In a series of modules it examines the key political, economic, social, demographic and cultural dynamics that shaped the contemporary world, from war and revolution to health, work and consumption. Particular attention will be dedicated to ideological conflict, advances in communication and technology, environmental degradation and unprecedented population growth. We will also trace the experience of changes that upset and in some instances reinforced older patterns of insecurity and disadvantage. The course will use a diversity of evidence, from political manifestos to commercial advertisements, to explore attempts to reshape the world. Taking in all continents, and ranging from international systems to unique local patterns of work and leisure, this course provides a critical foundation from which to understand the ongoing legacies of the twentieth century world.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

    1. Demonstrate a knowledge of major transitions, processes and developments in the history of the twentieth century.
    2. Utilise case studies of important periods and themes to explore change and continuity in the twentieth century.
    3. Critically reflect upon the range of documentary resources and historical interpretations considered in the course
    4. Demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical skills
    5. Present, discuss and evaluate historical material in oral form.

    Indicative Assessment

    1,000 word historiographical review (20%) [Learning Outcomes:  1-4]
    2,500 word research essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes: 1-4]
    Final Examination, 3 hours (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
    Tutorial presentation (5%)  [Learning Outcome: 3, 4]
    Tutorial participation (5%)  [Learning Outcome: 5]

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    A total of 130 hours, comprising a weekly two-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial for 12 weeks. The lecture will be recorded and posted on the course Wattle site. Students will be expected to spend an average of 7 hours per teaching week outside these contact hours, preparing for tutorials and completing assessment tasks.




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    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    6 units

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    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $2856
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $4080
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    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    4804 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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