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HIST19038 - 20th Century: Crucible of the Modern World

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Unit Synopsis

This is a history of international relations in what has been called the age of extremes. It is the story of declining European influence as two world wars cause colonial structures to crumble, the independent states of Asia and Africa to emerge, and the world to be dominated by two super powers, the USA and the USSR. The scientific and industrial revolutions of earlier centuries accelerate dramatically, causing global transformations that give rise to conflicting ideologies: communism, fascism, Zionism, pan-Arabism and political Islam. It is a unit designed to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the forces that have shaped the modern world order.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credit points

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
3. Written Assessment 40%
4. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 28.57% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback reports.
Students have requested more video footage of major 20th century events.
More video content will be included in the lectures and on the Moodle site as an additional resource and to give a visual aid when contemplating major events of the 20th century.
Action Taken
Student feedback has requested more videos and visual sources to compliment the articles and book chapters. As a result, I have included more videos in the lectures as well as additional resources on Moodle.
Source: moodle, survey, email
Students have expressed a very high level of satisfaction with this unit through the unit survey and other correspondence.
Student feedback has been extremely positive for this unit. This unit will maintain its current structure as it has proved very popular.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. develop a broad knowledge of the history of international relations in the 20th Century.
  2. foster an unprejudiced understanding of the history of international relations in the 20th Century and an acceptance of the informed opinions of others.
  3. understand the key problems in the history of international relations in the 20th Century and their elucidation by evidence-based research.
  4. Develop the following skills: i. The ability to explain the significance of historical events and processes relevant to period. ii. The ability to critique historical interpretations and their applications to contemporary global issues iii. The ability to understand and use the principle that ethical action and social responsibility are inherent in the study of history and its interpretations iv. The ability to locate, retrieve organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence. v. The ability to develop and communicate cogent historical argument and knowledge in written and oral forms, employing the required referencing methods where necessary vi. The ability to be self directed and self disciplined, and to show initiative

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)