The World Since World War II

Subject HIST10012 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures per week for 12 weeks and eleven 1-hour tutorials scheduled across the semester
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is eight hours per week including class time.





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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Antonia Finnane

Subject Overview:

The subject examines social, economic and political change in the world from Hiroshima to September 11, using case studies to explore topics and themes such as the Cold War, the population explosion, civil rights, decolonisation, fundamentalism and global warming. Key concepts developed during the period under study (second-wave feminism, post-industrialisation, imagined communities, Orientalism, postcolonialism, the clash of civilizations, globalization) are introduced and discussed in the context of the history that produced them. Students will be encouraged to develop a command of major developments in recent world history, and invited to consider and analyse changing ideas of the world in the second half of the twentieth century.


Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to

  • reflect critically on the idea of the world and world history
  • demonstrate familiarity with significant developments in societies, economies and politics world-wide, and their international implications
  • demonstrate an ability to analyse primary and secondary materials, textual and visual, in reflecting on the past


A tutorial exercise 500 words 10% (due week three), a research project 2000 words 45% (due mid-semester), a take-home exam 1500 words 35% (at the end of semester) and tutorial participation 10%.

Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five working days, no late assessment will be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Catherine R. Schenk, International Economic Relations Since 1945. London: Routledge, 2011. (pb)
Jan Palmowski, Dictionary of Contemporary World History. Oxford: Oxford Unviersity Press, 2008 (pb)

Subject readings will be available on line

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should

  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, written assignments and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument
  • demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History
History Major

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