AIH108 - The Modern World: Globalisation and Fragmentation, the 1940s to the 21st Century

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jonathan Ritchie


Incompatible with: AIH109, AIH208, AIH408
Typical study commitment:

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

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

1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

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

1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


From the Second World War to the financial crisis, Arab Spring and Fukushima earthquake of 2011, this unit will reveal the interconnectedness and unevenness of globalisation, the rise of new nations and social movements, including environmentalism and feminism, and the International and domestic ramifications of the Cold War. The unit also explores population growth and movements and their impact on land, sea and climate.

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

Demonstrate an understanding of modern world history between the Second World War and the early 21st century

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Critically analyse and use primary source documents in the writing of history

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Develop skills in the research and writing of history as a self-managed learner

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Become more critically aware and question the assumptions and knowledge you bring to the study of late twentieth century history.

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Understand the profound legacies of the political, social and cultural upheavals of the past few decades for the world's contemporary global challenges

GLO8: Global citizenship


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 7
Assessment 3: Take-home test 1200 words or equivalent 30% Week 12

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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