The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Secondary source exercise (20%) , Assignment 2 - Primary source exercise (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as HST120 The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective.

This unit is a survey of the chief world developments influencing Australian history from 1945 to the present. Principle interest will focus on:

a) Europe from post-war crisis and decline to present day resurgence, with themes of particular interest to Australia including migration, ideological trends, economic integration and decolonisation;

b) the United States of America in its period of peak world power, with special attention to the politics and economics of the Cold War era and to the spread of American cultural values; and

c) East Asia (principally China and Japan) from post-war settlement to economic transformation with special reference to trade ties and accompanying Australian cultural adjustments.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. a broad overview of world history since 1945, including the role of the United States, Europe and China, and the major events of the Cold War and post-Cold War period
  2. a conceptualisation of the Australian nation that places it in its global context, emphasises the interconnectedness of Australian history, and highlights the ways global ideas are changed by exposure to local cultural and political conditions when they are adopted by Australians
  3. discipline-specific skills, and an understanding of how to use discipline-specific tools to identify relevant material and use it to make an original argument in response to set questions
  4. an approach to historical knowledge that acknowledges that such knowledge is constructed, contains assumptions in line with contemporary political and social debates, and is thus not values-free
  5. the ability to develop informed opinions about the past, backed by evidence and tested through  debate with peers
  6. the ability to gather, engage with and synthesise historical information, form an evidence-based argument from it, and communicate that argument with clarity in writing.
  • Assignment 1 — Secondary source exercise (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Primary source exercise (20%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Research Essay (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST120 — The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Legacies of war and empire
2First Cold War
3Research Methods
4Atomic Domesticity
5Decolonisation in Asia
6Decolonisation in Settler States
7The 'International Counterculture'
8Essay Writing Workshop
9Crises in the 70s
11Living in the New World Order
1221st Century Challenges

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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