AIH107 - The Modern World: Nations, Empires, Ideologies, 1860s to 1930s

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: David Lowe
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

AIH260, AIH360

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided),

1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided),

1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

This unit examines the major episodes, developments and figures of the period 1860s to 1930s in modern world history. At the same time, it is intended to introduce students to the study of history and the Deakin history major. While this is developed as a discrete unit, it is intended also to provide an introduction to the trimester two unit so that together, the trimester one and two of the first level will provide an extended analysis of the making of the modern world. In this unit, students will investigate the causes, nature and impact of the major changes that emerged after World War One.

Topics in this unit will include a study of the major economic changes and political structures that emerged including the height of imperialism and its connection to modern nation states, the importance of oil for consumer society and international relations, the contest between democracy, fascism and communism, the major events such as the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the Great Depression and the Japanese invasion of China, and a selection of significant social and cultural developments which shaped everyday life in this period including the emergence of mass production, a consumer society, and technologically-based mass entertainment.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Analyse and apply evidence from the history of the world in a turbulent era from the 1860s to the 1930s

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO2

Evaluate historical interpretations of specific events, ideologies and people from the 1860s to the 1930s

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO2: Communication

ULO3

Critically reflect on cultural and historical assumptions to formulate persuasive and logical arguments about change over time

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

ULO4

Evaluate the profound legacies of modern history for the world's contemporary global challenges

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Seminar/Online Exercises 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 3
Assessment 2 - Essay 1800 words
or equivalent
45% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Take-home test 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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