HIST19038 - 20th Century: Crucible of the Modern World
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

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.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credit points

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)          
2 - Online Quiz(zes)          
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond
Author/s: Best, A, Hanhimaki, JM, Maiolo, JA, Schulze, KE Year: 2008
Edition: 2nd edn revised Publisher: Routledge
City: London
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Course materials are based around the 2nd edition. Paper copies are available through the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

However, there will also be a link to an online version through the unit Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Word processing
All submissions for this unit must use the Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBarbara Webster (b.webster@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to Course

Week 2 13-03-2017

1. Great Power Rivalry, 1900-1917 / 2. Search for European Stability, 1917-1929

Best et al. 1 and 2

Week 3 20-03-2017

3. Japan, China and the Pacific War, 1914-1941 / 4. European Colonial Empires, 1900-1945

3 and 4

Week 4 27-03-2017

5. Origins of Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1900-1949 / 6. USA and the Americas, 1900-1945

5 and 6

Week 5 03-04-2017

7. Path to European War, 1930-1939 / 8. Second World War, 1940-1945

7 and 8


Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

9. First Cold War, 1945-1961 / 10. Nationalism, Revolution and Cold War in Asia, 1945-1953

9 and 10

Online Quiz 1 Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

11. Cold War to Détente, 1962-1979 / 12. Vietnam Wars, 1945-1979

11 and 12

Week 8 01-05-2017

13. Rise of Third World, 1945-2000 / 14. Developmental States, 1945-2000

13 and 14

Week 9 08-05-2017

15. People's Republic of China, 1949-2000 / 16. USA and Latin America, 1945-2000

15 and 16

Week 10 15-05-2017

17. Africa: End of Empire, 1945-2000 / 18. Arab Israeli Conflict, 1949-2000

17 and 18

Online Quiz 2 Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

19. Rise of Political Islam, 1928-2000 / 20. A New Europe?

19 and 20

Week 12 29-05-2017

Conclusions

Essay Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Examination will be scheduled at a later date for either this or next week.

Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz 1
Task Description

Through the Moodle course website, you will undertake a quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to test your understanding and knowledge of historical issues that have been raised in the course so far. The questions are comprised of true/false, one or two word responses (e.g. a name or term), and multi-choice with four options. The quiz must be completed within one (1) hour and on the first attempt. See the Assessment Block in Moodle for further details.

Number of Quizzes 1
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Quiz opens Monday of Week 6 at 8.00 AM and closes Friday of Week 6 at 11.00 PM.
Return Date to Students Results will be available online on completion of the quiz.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Selection/provision of the correct response.

Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. develop a broad knowledge of the history of international relations in the 20th Century.

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

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz 2
Task Description

Through Moodle you will undertake a second quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to test your understanding and knowledge of historical issues that have been raised in the course since week six. The quiz is comprised of true/false, one or two word responses, and multi-choice with four options. The quiz must be completed within one (1) hour and on the first attempt.

Number of Quizzes 1
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Quiz opens Monday of Week 10 at 8.00 AM and closes Friday of Week 10 at 11.00 PM.
Return Date to Students Results will be available online on completion of the quiz.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Selection/provision of the correct response.

Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. develop a broad knowledge of the history of international relations in the 20th Century.

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

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Essay
Task Description

Select ONE (1) of twenty (20) proposed questions and answer it in an essay of 2,000 words (1,950 to 2,050 acceptable range). Essay question choices are available on the HIST19038 Moodle course site in the Assessment Block.

References and bibliography must be included in the Turabian referencing style. Before commencing this task you should refer to the essay-writing and referencing guides and to the guide to accessing online history journals provided on the Moodle course site.

Thorough research requires that you look beyond your set text and other course materials. CQUni Library holds a range of 20th Century history books and Course Resources Online (CRO). You should also search the CQUni Library databases for relevant scholarly articles on the topic of your choice. Only use articles from peer-reviewed journals or other reputable academic sources, and be sure to provide accurate citations (footnotes). In addition to the texbook and other relevant course materials, you are expected to consult a minimum of six (6) tertiary-standard academic books and/or journal articles of your own finding in the preparation of your essay

Before submission, ensure your essay meets the assessment criteria listed below.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Essays will be marked and returned within two weeks of receipt by Course Coordinator.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria [articulated with learning outcomes]


Historical content:
• presentation of accurate, relevant and unbiased historical evidence [LO 1, 2, 3, 4 (i-vi)]


Research and referencing skills:
• evidence drawn from textbook and other course materials [LO 2, 4 (i, ii, iii, iv, vi)]
• evidence drawn from own research, using a minimum of six authoratitive (tertiary-standard academic) sources [LO 2, 4 (i, ii, iii, iv, vi)]
• acknowledgement of all sources of ideas/evidence (footnote) and any quotations (footnote and quote marks) [LO 3, 4(iii,
vi)]
• correct use of the Turabian referencing style [LO 3, 4(iii, iv)]


Communication skills:
• meeting the required number of words, the bulk of which should be own wording [LO 4 (i, iv, v, vi)]
• logical structure/organisation of ideas [LO 4 (i, iv, v, vi)]
• clear, concise and correct written English [LO 4 (v, vi)]
• presentation in formal essay style and layout [LO 4 (iv, v, vi)]

Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Upload into Moodle as .doc or .docx. Ensure you run a Turnitin plagiarism check.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. develop a broad knowledge of the history of international relations in the 20th Century.

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

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence


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