- Code HIST1215
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Prof Carolyn Strange
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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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.
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:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of major transitions, processes and developments in the history of the twentieth century;
- Utilise case studies of important periods and themes to explore change and continuity in the twentieth century;
- Critically reflect upon the range of documentary resources and historical interpretations considered in the course;
- Demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical skills; and
- Present, discuss and evaluate historical material in oral form.
1,000 word historiographical review (20%) [Learning
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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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