The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective
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- Domestic student fee:
- $795.00 (AUD)
- HECS student fee:
- $706.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,020.00 (AUD)
In 1945, the world teetered on the brink of the unknown. Devastated by Depression and War, Europe and her allies faced an uncertain future. America offered a blueprint, but there was little hint that the prosperity of the post-war boom was on the horizon. The World Since 1945 examines one of the most dynamic periods in human history, and some of the major global forces that have influenced Australian society since World War II. Your study will include some key themes in European history over this period. These include post-war reconstruction, the Cold War, the coming of a consumer society, migration, European integration and the resurgence of nationalism. Accompanying this is the story of the United States in its period of peak world power. We look at its rise, the politics of the Cold War era, key American cultural developments, radical politics, the end of the Cold War and the origins of the war against terror. Continuing the focus on external forces shaping Australian history, we then turn to East Asia, investigating the emergence and development of the two pace setting model societies, China and Japan. The World Since 1945 provides the context for understanding Australia’s place in the post-war world. It will be of great benefit to students and teachers of Australian history and politics, as well as anyone wishing to understand Australia’s current relationship with the wider world.
You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
One of the following two units:
- SSK12 — Introduction to University Learning
- SSK13 — Learning and Communication Behaviour
- Essay — Major Essay (30%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
- Online Discussion (10%)
- Tutorial Paper (20%)
At the completion of this unit students will:
- develop familiarity with the chief trends in world political, economic and cultural life that have influenced the lives and everyday experiences of Australians since the end of World War II
- develop an understanding of some of the major trends in post-war world history.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|2||The world since 1945|
|3||Europe and consumer society|
|5||Nationalism in Europe and Asia|
|6||Cold War origins|
|7||Radicalism in the Cold War era|
|8||Cold War to war on terror|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
Print based materials
- Welcome Letter
Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the Unibooks website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
- Certificate of Arts, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
- Diploma of Arts, Griffith University
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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