The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective - 2017

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 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Secondary Source Synthesis (20%) , Assignment 2 - Primary Source Synthesis (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

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; 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. This unit 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. Assessment focuses on the development of one essay constructed through a step-by-step process.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. describe key episodes in world history since 1945, including the role of the United States, Europe and East Asia, and the major events of the Cold War and post-Cold War period.
  2. characterise the concept of the Australian nation in its global context, emphasising the interconnectedness of Australian history.
  3. explain the way that global ideas are changed by exposure to local culture and political conditions when they are adopted by Australians.
  4. identify relevant scholarly material using various ethical historical research methods to create an original argument.
  5. evaluate historical information understanding that this knowledge is constructed within contemporary political agendas and social debates.
  6. critique opinions about the past, supported by scholarly evidence and verified through debate with peers in classroom / online discussion.
  7. assemble and synthesize historical information to form an evidenced-based argument in clear scholarly written format.
  • Assignment 1 — Secondary Source Synthesis (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Primary Source Synthesis (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Draft Essay (10%)
  • Assignment 4 — Research Essay (30%)
  • Participation — Online Discussion/Quiz (20%)

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.

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:

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  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.
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