The World in the Twentieth Century

Course code HIST1070Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The World in the Twentieth Century provides students with a broad base of knowledge on events and issues shaping the world during the twentieth century, under the themes of global interrelations, notions of identity, the rise of mass societies and environmental issues. It focuses on developments in all continents, rejecting a Europe or United States-centric approach. The course consists of lectures and tutorials, and assessment takes the form of essays and a test.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Display understanding of the major facets of twentieth-century world history.
2. Display the ability to reflect on the issues presented in the course, and their possible interpretations.
3. Display the ability to bring their historial knowledge to bear upon the understanding of present-day issues.
4. Show evidence of critical analysis of primary documents, careful reading of secondary sources, as well as the ability to conduct independent research and to write clearly and accurately.
Content. Introduction. Themes in world history
. First section. Colonies, colonial powers and the First World War.
. Second section. Africa, Asia and South-America: struggles for national independence.
. Third section. World War II and the Cold War: rival superpowers.
. Final section. Current issues: globalisation and development.
Replacing Course(s)This course supplements the offerings in history at first year level. It does not affect offerings in other faculties or schools.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne to three written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, totalling 1,000 - 3,000 words, 50 - 75%.
Examination: FormalFormal exam or class test, as specified in the course guide, 15 - 40%.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, worth 10%.
Other: (please specify)Specific instructions about the weighting, timing and word limits of all assessment tasks will be found in the course guide available within the first two weeks of semester.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks