Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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 synthesise historical information to form an evidenced-based argument in clear scholarly written format.
    • Legacies of war and empire
    • First Cold War
    • Research Methods
    • Atomic Domesticity
    • Decolonisation in Asia
    • Decolonisation in Settler States
    • The 'International Counterculture'
    • Essay Writing Workshop
    • Crises in the 70s
    • Neoliberalism
    • Living in the New World Order
    • 21st Century Challenges
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST120

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


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 subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

This subject 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 subject 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.

  • Secondary Source Exercise (20%)
  • Primary Source Exercise (20%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Weekly Discussion (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing